MHCC’s Head Start Wins National Award for Parents as Teachers Program
The Head Start program at Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) will receive the Parents as Teachers Losos prize for excellence, one of only three facilities nationwide to receive this award.
The award recognizes demonstrated creativity and originality in pursuit of the Parents as Teachers (PAT) vision that all children will learn, grow and develop to realize their full potential and that all families can benefit from support and education. PAT is one of only a handful of evidence-based programs that offer home visits designed to help parents support their child’s development. MHCC’s PAT program connects families who live in poverty to community resources by partnering with area schools to lead outreach efforts.
MHCC’s PAT program receives funding from Multnomah County to serve 160 children as part of the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN) school program. Through its Child Development and Family Resources (CDFS) program, MHCC oversees multiple programs, such as Head Start, Early Head Start, Child Care Resources & Referral, and Parents as Teachers.
Scott Hippert, president and chief executive officer of the St. Louis, Mo., PAT national office, will present the Losos prize for excellence to MHCC’s Head Start program May 18, 3 – 5 p.m. at the Yamhill House, 19309 S.E. Yamhill St. in Gresham.
The Losos prize is named in honor of Carolyn Losos, a lifetime early childhood proponent. The MHCC Head Start program will receive a $2,500 award to support activities that further the organization’s purpose. The 4C of Indiana and Riverview Gardens School District in St. Louis, Mo., are the other award recipients.
MHCC Will Celebrate Award by Hosting a Health Fair
MHCC will use the award to fund a health and wellness fair May 19, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. for kids and families. The event will be held at the Rockwood Head Start center in Rockwood, 124 N.E. 181st Ave., Suite 130, near the blue line MAX stop at 181st. The fair will feature free bike helmets, blood pressure checks, diabetes screenings, food and nutrition information, first aid kits, poison prevention tips and lots more, as well as healthy snacks.