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Lutheran Social Services Seeks Community Input on Head Start Programs

Upbring Press Release - October 14, 2014 0

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Public meeting slated for communities in Fort Bend, Matagorda and Wharton Counties

AUSTIN, Texas – Oct. 14, 2014 – Lutheran Social Services of the South (LSS) is holding a Community Meeting in Missouri City on Monday, Oct. 27 at 7 p.m. at New Hope Lutheran Church, 1424 FM 1092. LSS is looking for community feedback as it considers applying to provide Head Start services to Fort Bend, Matagorda and Wharton counties. Currently run by William Smith, Sr. Tri-County Child Development Council Inc., the federal contract is open for 2015 to 2020.

“We’ve worked with the families and children of the tri-county area for many years,” said Betsy Guthrie, LSS President and Chief Operating Officer. “Now that we’re considering applying to administer the Head Start and Early Head Start programs there, we want the community’s feedback and perspectives on what they want to see. We want to hear from as many people as possible and urge the community to come out.”

If awarded the contract, LSS anticipates partnering with Shine Early Learning, the premier provider of Head Start program curriculum, to improve and expand the continuum of Head Start and Early Head Start services offered in Fort Bend, Matagorda and Wharton Counties.

“There are strong similarities between Head Start’s mission — ‘Helping people. Changing lives. Building communities.’ – and our own goals,” said Sig Cornelius, LSS Board Member and Fulshear resident in Ft. Bend County. “Head Start’s important work in supporting the mental, social and emotional development of children from infancy through age five aligns perfectly with our mission: empowering children, families and communities to break the cycle of child abuse. Head Start programs support positive parent-child relationships and family well-being, which in turn helps prevent child abuse.”

“Through LSS, I’ve seen God’s work firsthand,” said Emmanuel Jackson, LSS Board Member and Lead Pastor of Living Word church in Katy. “I’ve seen it in the faces of children who have a place to heal the pain of abuse and neglect, and in the joy of families who are at last becoming complete through foster and adoption. Our experience with the families and children of this community make LSS uniquely capable of delivering the important programs of Head Start.”

Head Start is a nationwide program funded by the Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

About Lutheran Social Services of the South

Lutheran Social Services of the South is committed to breaking the cycle of child abuse in Texas through innovative children’s services, including foster care, adoption, education and residential treatment. LSS is a 501(c)(3) faith-based nonprofit organization that currently serves more than 32,000 individuals in need annually, including children, the elderly, the disadvantaged and those affected by disasters in Texas, Louisiana and Oklahoma. Contact: Jennifer Schattle, Vice President Marketing and Communications, Lutheran Social Services :: 512.545.3965 :: [email protected]

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