Korean Delegation Visits Gum Springs Head Start
Tuesday, July 10, 2012 a 20-member delegation from the Republic of Korea visited Fairfax County’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Greater Mount Vernon community. These officials from the Korean Ministry of Health, Welfare and Family Affairs came to the United States to gain information about how the Head Start Program is funded and operates. The group was led by Sin Hye Choi, the assistant director, Division of Child Rights Office for Aging Society and Population Policy.

Through an interpreter, Choi explained that they are administrators of a similar program in Korea, called Dream Start. Their program was first established in 2007 with the goal of bringing to the less fortunate much needed services in three areas: health, child care and welfare. As the administrators of the program, this delegation came to the U.S. to visit Head Start facilities to learn ways to enhance and improve their existing program.

The delegation was welcomed by Head Start staff with brief introductions and explanations about the functions of the program’s administrative staff. Next the officials were taken on a tour of the classrooms and playground at the Gum Springs Children's Center. When this tour concluded, the delegation toured the nearby Early Head Start program at Gum Springs Glen. County Head Start staff gave a presentation outlining Fairfax County Head Start’s operations. Head Start and Early Head Start are a part of the Fairfax County Office for Children.

Head Start is a federal program that serves children up to the age of five, and pregnant women from families with low-income. Head Start helps prepare children for success in school through education, health nutrition and mental health, and family services.

Go to www.fairfaxcounty.gov/ofc/HeadStart.htm for more information.
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