The Ada Chickasaw Nation Head Start celebrated students during a graduation ceremony recently at the McSwain Theatre in Ada.
The graduation celebrated the year’s completion and the students’ advancement into Kindergarten programs.
The graduates stood proud as they received their diplomas from Chickasaw Nation Governor Bill Anoatubby and Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel.
“Head Start makes a true difference in a child’s life,” said Gov. Anoatubby. “When these children move into public education, they have a firm educational foundation on which to continue building. We care for our students. This is the first of many graduations. We are proud to see them take this important step.”
Head Start graduates sang songs for family members, friends and guests during the ceremony.
Chickasaw Nation Head Start Director Danny Wells thanked parents and guardians for coming to the ceremony and stressed the importance of Head Start education.
The Chickasaw Nation Head Start program consists of four centers serving more than 260 children throughout the Chickasaw Nation. More than 150 students graduated from Head Start centers located in Ada, Ardmore, Sulphur and Tishomingo.
Head Start is a national program that serves children ages three to four from income-eligible families. The program focuses on the family as the most important influence in a child’s life and offers components in education, parent or guardian involvement, health, social services and services for children with disabilities.
Applications for the Head Start program are accepted at Chickasaw Nation Head Start Centers. Applications may also be mailed or faxed to applicants.
For more information about the Head Start program and to obtain an application, contact the Chickasaw Nation Division of Education at 580-421-7711, a Head Start center or visit www.Chickasaw.net.