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Parents are their child’s First Teacher! Many educators work diligently at sharing this message. From the moment your child is born, you become a teacher. Everything that parents do together with their children promote important life lessons that will help their child to grow and learn about the world around them.

Here at MEO Head Start, we want to empower and educate our families to know and live this important responsibility. Parents are a big part of the decision-making process for MEO Head Start and play an essential role to their child’s success throughout their school year and beyond.

We work with families to understand their role as their child’s First Teacher and provide opportunities to enhance parenting skills through everyday routines and volunteering opportunities. There are teachable moments all around us just waiting to happen! From waking up in the morning and getting dressed, during conversations at mealtimes, on the drive or walk to school, there are many learning opportunities to take advantage of. The choices of clothing to wear, the routine of what we do first, second, and last are all valuable experiences for young children. The things we talk about when planning for our day adds to the conversation to support process thinking for children. The drive to school can bring forth so many wonderful and rich conversations such as the shapes we see on the road, identifying colors, and things a child might notice such as the different modes of transportation.

The world around us is an intriguing thing, and children thrive and flourish when parents take that initiative to support their child’s wonder and awe as they continue to learn and make sense of the world around them. Be your child’s First Teacher today, tomorrow, and everyday!

MEO HEAD START IS NOW ACCEPTING PRESCHOOL APPLICATIONS

Head Start is a federal program that provides FREE Early Childhood Education and family services to families that meet the federal poverty guidelines and selection criteria. Please contact MEO Early Childhood Services Department at 249-2988.

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Alexandria Domingo, also known as Alex or Ms. Al, is the Assistant Director for MEO Head Start. She has been with the program for 15 years, over 10 of which were teaching. She is also involved with HIAEYC and has been both Wailuku Liaison and Chapter President. The MEO Family Center is located at 99 Mahalani Street in Wailuku.

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