What is Head Start?

According to the Office of the Administration for Children & Families, Head Start programs promote the school readiness of infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children from low-income families. Services are provided in a variety of settings including centers, family child care, and children's own home. Head Start programs also engage parents or other key family members in positive relationships, with a focus on family wellbeing. Parents participate in leadership roles, including having a say in program operations.

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What is Title 1?

Title I is one of the federal funding streams that supplements how much money each state allocates for schools. There are other “Title” funds too, I-VII, all aiming to aid students who have burdens that may get in the way of accessing an equitable education. These burdens include poverty, homelessness, living in state-run institutions, living in isolated rural districts, and those still learning the English language. (There is a separate funding stream for students with disabilities.)

According to the U.S. Department of Education, Title I was created “to ensure economically disadvantaged children receive a fair, equitable, and high-quality education, by helping to close academic achievement gaps.”

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Team Long Run is a registered non-profit that uses active play and reading to give kids living in rural communities a brighter future.

Running and active play are an important part of a happy, balanced childhood, and they’re surprisingly important in helping kids get “ready to learn.” We've developed a number of in-school and after-school active play programs that are being used with great success in rural Maine elementary schools and Head Start centers.

Our early reading programs are designed to help young children catch up by the time they reach kindergarten, and then help keep them reading at grade-level for the rest of their academic careers-- an absolute necessity for academic success. We do this by providing books to kids who have few, if any, in the home, so that they can build their home libraries (a key component of early literacy).

We collaborate and work exclusively with Title 1 schools (where more than 50% of the families are living in poverty) and Head Start centers. All of our programs are free to the kids and have been developed over time to be easily shared and extremely cost-effective.

We've been at this for five years, and have given away hundreds of running shoes to kids who needed them to participate, and over ten thousand curated books to families, schools, and Head Start centers.

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Chuck Wilcoxen

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Hilary Harper-Wilcoxen

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