Human Services Opens New School Year for Head Start Program

The Department of Human Services (DHS) – Office of Preschool Services – Head Start Program has announced the commencement of the new school year. The first day of school will be Tuesday, Sept. 6, for its operations on St. Croix, St. Thomas and St. John.
Telsalda Josiah, assistant commissioner of DHS, said, “We are excited about this new school year and embrace the opportunity to continue to play a vital role in the development of our youngsters. Equally important is our open door policy on engaging the family from the beginning of their child’s educational process. In concert with VI Fathers March, we are issuing a reminder and are encouraging fathers or male caregivers to accompany their children on the first day of school.”
The VI Father’s March initiative promotes the involvement of fathers in the lives of their children, and the first day of school has significant impact in the maintenance of that bond. Josiah said, “We are aware of the significance of fathers in the lives of their children, and our promotion focuses on the benefits. We have experienced that children whose fathers are involved in their lives demonstrate fewer behavioral problems. Further, it fosters independence, self-control and confidence.”
The following is detailed information on the opening of the Head Start Program by island.
St. Thomas-St. John District Center sites – Bovoni, Cruz Bay, Knud Hansen Complex, Lindbergh Bay, Minnetta Mitchell Complex, Savan and Wilhelm George Complex
St. Croix District Center sites – Anna’s Hope, Christiansted, Concordia, Frederiksted, Kingshill, Marley, Profit and Richmond
The extended-day classrooms are from 7:30 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Whereas, the full-day classrooms are from 7:45 a.m. until 3 p.m.
For more information, parents may contact the Office of Services/Head Start Program Administration at 774-5370 or 773-1972.

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