elcome to ATCAAHead Start’s firstcommunity report,
a chance to share in pictures and wordswhat our program is, what it hasaccomplished and what we have planned to supportyoung families in our community.This last year brought some major changes andlandmarks for our program:•ATCAA Head Start Director Linda Botts retiredafter 10 years with our program, and a long careerdevoted to excellence in early childhood services.•Marcia Williams stepped in to lead the program. Alife-long educator, Marcia has been with ATCAA since1996, leading a range of family and literacy programs.•ATCAA Head Start celebrated 25 years in thecommunity, serving thousands of local families inAmador and Tuolumne Counties.•Our program made exciting progress in a long-rangegoal to extend services to young families. We receivednotification in December that we will receive two yearsof Early Head Start funding to add important, highquality services for families with children age birth to 3.
The following pages tell the story of our success –a story that is only made possible with the sharedefforts of our devoted parents and dedicated staff.They give so much of their time and resources forour children, our classrooms and our parent council.It is a privilege to work in a program that honors andvalues every teacher and parent. We also thank ourmany community partners, who provide services tofamilies, donate goods and services, serve on ourgoverning board and ensure our families and childrenget essential care in and out of the classroom.Head Start’s mission is to help children be readyfor school success – not just academically, butsocially and physically as well. We get to know andcare for the whole child, because we know thatschool success means lifetime success for our kids.Long-range studies now show that for every dollarspent on Head Start, society saves $5 in future prisoncosts. What could be a better investment? Whatcould be more rewarding work?Head Start is meaningful prevention that trulyimpacts children and families and it aligns seamlesslywith the mission of ATCAA – helping people helpthemselves to become healthy and self-sufficientmembers of our community. It is an honor and a joyto be a part of this work, and to see the impact wemake together every day.Marcia WilliamsATCAA Head Start DirectorShelly HanceATCAA Executive DirectorDana ReelChair, Parent Policy CouncilLaurie WebbChair, ATCAA Board of Directors
A parent is a child’smost important advocate. Head Start is a programthat helps nurture and develop that deep downadvocacy parents use for their children. Every parent has it, it just has tobe encouraged and enhanced. Being the Chair of theParent Policy Council is asupportive role that bringsall the Council together tohelp better the program for families. I try to find away to help themstrengthen their potential.
Dana ReelChair, ATCAA HeadStart Parent PolicyCouncil