head start


(5-22-19) “I get to impact the future.” That’s the answer Amy Esser gives when someone asks her what she does as Director of Mercer County’s Head Start. A preschool program for disadvantaged children, Head Start works with 3—5 year olds. Children from homeless families or children in foster care are automatically accepted. First priority is also given to to children whose families are at 100 percent of the poverty level. Benefits of the program include classroom experiences ranging from language and literacy to socialization; speech, hearing, and vision screening; other health services; nutritious meals; services for disabled children; and family engagement. There are two enrollment options: 3 ½ hours in the morning or afternoon Monday through Thursday or full days of over 6 hours. Esser said since parents are children’s first teachers, Head Start encourages them to participate in the program in any way they can. In fact, Esser has coached parents on how to speak to government officials, and several have testified on behalf of the program. For more information about Mercer County Head Start, call (419) 268-0301 or go to mercerheadstart.org. You can also find them on Facebook.

In addition to Esser, the Celina club hosted their 2019 scholarship winners. The students talked about their school activities and where they intend to go to college.

During the business portion of the meeting, club members voted to donate $200 to the Mercer County District Library and $400 to the C.A.L.L. backpack program.

President Hart is creating a questionnaire to take suggestions and  address concerns about adding an evening meeting to the club’s schedule. Plans are being finalized for the club’s car in the Lake Festival Parade.