Head Start program celebrates 50 years

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The state’s early education program is celebrating 50 years of serving Hawaii’s youth.

Head Start was founded in 1965, and since then has been helping newborn children through age 5 get a jump start in learning.

The program is offered to families who are not able to afford daycare or preschool.

As part of their 50th anniversary, Senator Brian Schatz read to the students.

“They need literacy. They need love. They need attention. They need to be stimulated before they enter into kindergarten, and that’s what this program is about,” said Sen. Brian Schatz.

“There’s just so many children out there who don’t have access to early childhood education, and the little things that maybe we take for granted. The socialization with another child, the reading to, being in a large environment, learning how to interact with other children,” said Parents and Children Together president and CEO Ryan Kusumoto.

The head start program serves 849 children in Hawaii.

For more information on Parents and Children Together, log onto http://www.pacthawaii.org/

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