Our March recipient of our Jeans BeCause program was Riverbend Head Start & Family Services. The mission of Riverbend Head Start & Family Services is to enable children and families to develop the positive skills to meet life’s challenges.
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services is a non-profit agency that provides children living in poverty, or challenged with special circumstances, with an early childhood education through Head Start and Early Head Start programs. They teach preschoolers early math, reading and vocabulary so they are on the same level as their peers when they enter kindergarten. They help infants and toddlers master their fine and gross motor skills and learn those valuable socialization skills. Children also receive health and dental exams. In addition, they are a comprehensive program and work with the families on nutrition, unemployment, education challenges and more. Parents in the Riverbend Head Start & Family Services program are encouraged to volunteer in their classrooms and are taught to become their child’s first teacher.
Riverbend Head Start & Family Services serves Madison County, Illinois families with a child ages birth through five that qualify for their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. They also enroll pregnant moms into their Early Head Start program.
To learn more about Riverbend Head Start and their volunteer opportunities, click here.