Chris Cooper Managing Editor
November 5, 2013
Logan County’s Head Start program has a new center manager and she is a positive presence as the school’s leader.
Amy Thomaston began work for the school Aug. 5 of this year, and she is very excited to be helping with her community’s children and their families’ educational experience.
The Head Start program, which formed in 1965, is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. The program’s services and resources are designed to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being, and establish an environment to develop strong cognitive skills.
Logan County’s Head Start program is located in the historic Knob City School building on Morgantown Road. The Head Start program is operated by local non-profit organizations in almost every county in the country. Most children in Head Start are between the ages of three and five years old.
“I am very happy to be able to be serving in this program,” said Thomaston. “I feel the Head Start program is very important, and can help a lot of children and their families with various services.”
Thomaston moved to Logan County a few years ago with her family when her husband Rusty took a pastor position at New Life Baptist Church in Auburn. They have two daughters, Bethany and Reagan. The new manager may be new to this community, but she is not a newcomer to the educational field, having taught school for several years. She has experience teaching from the pre-school level all the way up to 8th grade. She has a great deal of experience, not only with children, but also dealing with the family unit as well. She earned her Masters degree in Humane Services with an emphasis in Marriage and Family.
Thomaston is now taking on a new roll serving in administration, which is quite different from being in the classroom, however, that doesn’t keep her from having a relationship with the students that attend Head Start, as she still feels very passionate for a hands-on approach.
“I like the administrative part of my job, but that doesn’t keep me out of the classroom as I love seeing the students and their excitement when they learn new things. Even though we get them when they are very young, they still get so excited when they grasp something new like their ABCs,” said Thomaston.
Head Start not only offers an excellent educational experience, but many other services as well. The program offers free meals provided at the school for students, parent involvement and training opportunities, services to children with disabilities, transportation, a migrant program, free daycare on Fridays from ages 6 weeks-4 years for those families enrolled in the program, screening to assess your child’s strengths, and professionals to arrange vision and hearing testing and immunizations.
Head Start provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically. The Head Start staff recognize that, as parents, you are the first and most important teachers of your children. They welcome your involvement in activities and will work as partners with you to help your children progress.
The Head Start program is currently accepting applications at the school. The program is held Monday through Thursday 7:45 a.m.-2:15 p.m. Your child must be at least three years old. You must provide their birth certificate and proof of income.