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WATCH: Program Has Been Giving Children A ‘Head Start’ In Kansas City For 50 Years

Mike Sherry
Heartland Health Monitor
Head Start students at Woodland Early Learning Center in Kansas City, Missouri, played in their classroom during a recent afternoon.

This year marks historic anniversaries for several pieces of landmark legislation, including Medicare and the Americans with Disabilities Act.

It’s also the 50th anniversary of another significant program, Head Start, which was launched as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s War on Poverty.

The program promotes school readiness for children in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social and other services.

With assistance from the Mid-America Regional Council, which is coordinating a series of local profiles of people whose lives were affected by Head Start, Heartland Health Monitor partner KCPT examined the program’s impact in the Kansas City area.

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