Did you know that Head Start was born out of the Civil Rights Movement? John F. Kennedy was appalled by the extreme poverty he faced in West Virginia during his Presidency. He was moved to end the cycle of poverty, but it was Lyndon B. Johnson who made his vision a reality.
The intention of Head Start was to disrupt the cycle of poverty that is transferred from one generation to the next across the nation and promote social justice in those areas where educational opportunity was denied on the basis of race.
After launching the program, the group of scientists and experts working for Head Start quickly realized the role that diet played in student's success. When the child came to school physically or mentally unwell, they struggled to have the bandwidth to learn. So, nutrition became another integral component of the Head Start model.
Head Start also realized the importance families involvement in their child's life on a daily basis. This inspired the notion to get more educational opportunities into the home which resulted in the sponsorship of the beloved children's TV show "Sesame Street."
All this to say, we are grateful that equity, diversity and inclusion have always been the core of Wild Plum Center's values and we are a proud part of the Head Start initiative as we work together to continue building an equitable future.