(Picture of Ozark Action Management staff. Back Row, left:
Karleen Carson, Staff Development Coordinator;
Angie Kinder, Special Services Coordinator;
Holly Tucker, Education Coordinator.
Middle Row, left:
Claudia Ryan, Family Services Coordinator;
Lana Stuart, Administrative Assistant;
Virginia Berry, Food Service Administrative Assistant.
Kathleen Simonson, Head Start Director
"Ozark Action Head Start serves 6 counties in Missouri.
Those counties include Wright, Texas, Douglas, Ozark, Howell, and Oregon county.
A total of 505 children ages 3 to 5 years old are served in our program.
We are an all-inclusive agency with a belief that ALL children, regardless of disability deserve a high quality education. We are constantly seeking training opportunities for our staff to increase our knowledge and skills to better serve the children in our program- this includes training on identifying disabilities, developing inclusive classrooms, keeping up with the latest research and strategies, and finding ways to support children in the classroom so they may reach their full potential. We know the importance of fostering an awareness of disabilities and helping establish early intervention when needed.
We share the Head Start Center for Inclusion's goal in striving to increase the competence, confidence, and effectiveness of personnel in Head Start programs to include children with disabilities. We also aim to provide opportunities for our families to learn more about disabilities, and work to provide support and guidance to families when they begin navigating through the world of disabilities. We know that parents are the best advocates for their children, and our compassionate staff are dedicated to helping equip them with the skills and confidence they need to ensure their child receives the education they deserve even after they leave Head Start.
We truly believe that by staff and families working together, and with the efforts of groups like MPACT, every child can succeed."