Head Start

Starting Small: Shippensburg Head Start Reaches Most Vulnerable Youth

Starting Small: Shippensburg Head Start Reaches Most Vulnerable Youth

The Head Start program is designed for young, at-risk children, but its impact extends beyond child development. Fifty years ago, Head Start was envisioned as a federally funded pre-school program that would break the cycle of poverty. According to the Head Start website, upwards of 33 million vulnerable children, ranging from ages birth to five, have benefitted from its comprehensive services since then. However, a visit to Shippensburg Head Start adjacent to campus quickly illustrates that the benefits of the program have a far wider reach than just those children enrolled.