MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
“Head Start the most important education program for
three and four year olds in the country.”
| It is my great pleasure as the Executive Director of the great organization to welcome you to this very special 49th Annual Meeting of the Lake Community Action Agency’s Board of Directors and the 50th Anniversary of the launching of Head Start, one year after the signing of the 1964 Equal Opportunity Act and birth of Community Action. A special welcome goes to the former Head Start Students that have join us tonight for this celebration.
The Civil Rights Movement and the growing public awareness of our educational system’s energetically let to the creation of Head Start, a program aimed at preparing young disadvantaged children intellectually, socially and emotionally.
Fifty-one years after the signing of the Economic Opportunity Act (EOA), which the armed President Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty with Legislative Authority, the Head Start program is still alive.
When Head Start was first launched in 1965, the ideas of providing comprehensive health, nutrition, and education services to children in poverty were revolutionary. The Head Start model developed over the 50 years has been built on evidence-based practices and is constantly adopting and using the best available science and teaching techniques to meet the needs of local communities.
Head Stat comprehensive approach to meeting the needs of your children is done through four components consisting of Education, Health, Parent Involvement and Social Services.
Head Start is the national commitment to give every venerable child an opportunity to succeed. It has improved the lives of millions of children and their families over the years
The Lake Community Action Agency is proud to be a part of this great nationwide effort. We have been providing these comprehensive services in
||Lake County for 46 years and tonight we are celebrating 49 years at the designated agency in Lake County to provide these programs and services that help children and families change their lives and become more self-reliant.
Tonight as we present this annual report to the community of Lake County, we pause to salute those who have helped make this all possible. We recognize the continued work and commitment of the Board of Directors, Head Start Policy Council and a dedicated staff who believe in the mission and vision of the Agency and our Head Start Program. To each of you, I thank you on behalf of the thousands of children and families whom we have helped over these 46 years of Head Start and 49 years of community action in Lake County.
Also, thanks to our sponsors for tonight, and our financial supporters, Board of County Commissioners, Cities of Eustis and Leesburg.
As we leave here tonight looking forward to 50 more years of Head Start and community action, let each of us rededicate and recommit ourselves to the intent of the Equal Opportunity Act, the Promise of Community Action, the Mission of LCAA and the Vision of LCAA, Head Start: Where every child is educated and every parent self-reliant.
I invite you to join us next year as we celebrate 50 years of Community Action for LAKE COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY, INC. (1966 – 2016)
My thanks go to the community of Lake for allowing me to serve you for the past 46 years.
God bless Lake Community Action Agency, Inc.,
James H. Lowe, CCAP
The Promise of Community Action
Community Action changes people’s lives, embodies the spirit of hope,
Improves communities, and makes America a better place to live.
We care about the entire community, and we are dedicated to helping
People help themselves and each other.