Early Childhood Education

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Action Pathways Head Start's teachers and staff share their experiences of working for the program, how they are impacting the lives of Cumberland County's youngest and brightest and how the program is impacting them while thier doing it. From impacting the lives of children to personal and professional triumph, these ladies (and men) walk away better than they were before coming to Head Start.  Listen to Ms. Anderson, Ms. Edwards and Ms. Felder as they explain the impacts Head Start has had on them.


Dr. Luciana Yarborough avid community advocate, proud parent and Action Pathways Head Start's Policy Council President sits downs and recounts her time as a Head Start student where, she says, she first fell in love with education. 


Doing More Good with Head Start

LaranaDavis.jpg Larana Davis, parent and volunteer for Head Start, tells us why she has loved giving her time to the early childhood development program for so many years. Ever since her enrolling her first child in Actioin Pathways Head Start 14 years ago, she has been a dedicated volunteer, making sure she was a part of each of her children's success in the program. Her contribution as both a mother and volunteer is invaulable and she wants other parents to know that any time they are able to give to Head Start, they should.

Doing More Good with Head Start & The Child Advocacy Center

Faith Boehmer, takes a momentStorytime.jpg to reflect as a volunteer on Action Pathways Head Start’s Policy Council, a committee comprised of parents and community stakeholders charged with making decisions that guide and direct the Head Start program.

“We [Child Advocacy Center] want to bring awareness to teachers and the larger Head Start community,” Faith says. “We all should be advocating for children……serving on Head Start’s Policy Council enables me to give my input in a number ways; from important decisions about hiring new staff to new initiatives and promoting collaborations vital to the safety of our community’s children.”

Doing More Good with Head Start

Alicia5.jpgAction Pathways Head Start volunteer and parent, Alysia Haddox, has been giving her time to the early childhood development program for a little over a year now. Her commitment arose while she was enrolled in Action Pathways Early Head Start program, which allows eligible pregnant women to enter the program to ensure early childhood development efforts can begin as early as possible, even before birth.

Currently, Ms. Haddox gives her time to assist teachers in the classroom and also as a member of Head Start’s Policy Council, a committee comprised of community partners and Head Start parents empowered to help govern Head Start without actually interfering in the day-to-day operations of the program.

Doing More Good with Head Start

B72.jpgThere are so many ways you can give back to your community that doesn’t involve going inside your wallet. Yes, monetary donations are indeed valuable but so is your time – volunteering it. Action Pathways Head Start’s volunteer and parent, BenShuna Quon, explains why she gives her time to Head Start and encourages others to do the same.

Doing More Good with Weatherization

Vicky72.jpgVicky Diaz, Action Pathways Head Start Family Advocate, is also one of the many Americans who have had their home weatherized – and she loves it! Vicky says that along with the tips Action Pathways Weatherization Assistance Program staff shared with her on how to conserve energy and save more money on her utilities, she saw immediate savings on her electric bill after her home was weatherized.

“My whole house was weatherized; they went through everything! With that alone, I saw about maybe a $100 change on my electric bill within the first or second bill!”

Vicky Diaz, Action Pathways Weatherization Assistance Program Participant

Head Start Partners with Childcare Facilities in Fayetteville

Action Pathways took a moment to celebrate Early Head Start - Child Care Partnership staff located in childcare facilities in Cumberland County late last week. As the result of a five-year grant from the Office of Head Start, under the Office for the Administration of DSC_0538.JPGChildren & Families, the Action Pathways Early Head Start program was able to expand its efforts into six different childcare facilities, expanding its reach to more than 200 children to date.

“This is our second year in our partnership” explains Cynthia Walker, Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Assistant Manager. “For a long time Head Start and child care facilities have always been separate yet, we have similar goals. That is, to provide a safe place for children where they are able to grow and thrive in preparation for public school.”   

Action Pathways participates in Child and Adult Care Food Program

Action Pathways, formerly known as Cumberland Community Action Program, Inc. (CCAP) announces their participation in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled participants. The income guidelines for free and reduced-price meals by family size are listed on the back of this sheet. Children who are TANF recipients or who are members of SNAP or FDPIR households or are Head Start participants are automatically eligible to receive free meal benefits.

Action Pathways Uses Arts Council Grant to Support Head Start Sounds of Music Program

Action Pathways, formerly Cumberland Community Action Program, announces a collaboration pro ject to teach four-year-old Head Start Children about symphony music with the help of a grant from the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.

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