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The History of the Lowndes County Head Start Program


In January of 1964, President Lyndon B. Johnson declared "The War on Poverty" in his State of the Union speech.  Sergeant Shriver led the War on Poverty program. After his election in November of 1964, President Johnson and Shriver assembled a committee of academic and civil rights activists, which consisted of sociologists, psychologists, and pediatricians who began discussions of a design that intended to assist children overcome setbacks or obstacles caused by poverty. The name of this project was tossed around with "Kiddie Corps" and Baby Corps" surfacing, however, the name Head Start was chosen by academics who understood the achievement gap and that middle class students get ahead of their lower class peers.

In May of 1965, President L. B. Johnson, Shriver and the Office of Economic Opportunity established the Project Head Start program, as it started in the summer of 1965 as an eight-week summer program for children from low-income communities going into public school in the fall. It served over 560,000 children across the United States of America in the first summer and the program provided preschool classes, medical care, dental care, and mental health services.

In the summer program of 1966, Lowndes County Head Start Program had six members on the administrative and non-professional staff.  Ten elementary school teachers were sent to Washington, D.C. to be trained to work in the Head Start classroom, along with local in-service training for the aides.  

The Lowndes County Head Start Program commenced with an enrollment of 200 children between the ages of five and six, who had never attended school.  The program has increased to over 280 three and four years old children with a funding level of over one million dollars.

Furthermore, the program has eleven individual classroom units located on three rural school campuses.



Vision, Mission Statement and Core Values


Our vision is to nurture the development and wellness of children and families with the involvement of neighborhoods and communities as they strive to achieve their full potential.


The mission of the Lowndes County BOE Head Start Program is to empower our families by providing educational and family focused opportunities to improve their economic well-being and healthy lifestyle. We will accomplish this mission one child, one family at a time by involving parents and securing highly qualified staff.

Core Values

· We believe in serving our families with dignity, respect and care.

· We believe in supporting healthy behaviors that enhance wellness.

· We believe healthy children are better prepared to learn.

· We believe in empowering parents helping them to become self-sufficient by identifying their own strengths, needs, and interests while finding solutions and making positive changes.

· We believe in collaborating with local community agencies interested in the well-being of Head Start enrolled children and families.

· We believe in providing positive leadership to our staff supporting them in providing quality services.

· We believe in implementing shared decision making as a collective responsibility of families, governing bodies, and staff where ideas and opinions are heard and respected.

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Lowndes County Head Start

141 Main Street 

P.O. Box 158

Hayneville, AL 36040


Administration: (334) 548-2145

Fax: (334) 548-2021