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Head Start Awareness Day Event

PFCE Goal: Families as Advocates & Leaders SHARE Head Start participated in a Head Start Awareness Day Celebration in Columba, SC on Thursday, October 24th. This event was hosted by the South Carolina State Head Start Association (SCSHSA). The goal of the celebration was to celebrate and acknowledge Head Start programs for all of the work that have done for children & families in our communities. SCSHSA, in partnership with the National U.S. Census Bureau, urged parents and community partners to help educate, inspire and encourage South Carolinians to participate in the nation's 2020 census. Guest speaker Doris Greene, Census Partnership Specialist, said the decennial population count data is used to determine federal funds for the state and in legislative and school redistricting. Greene said the goal is to count everybody residing in South Carolina whether they are a citizen or not. She said "complete count committees" are being formed for community outreach to boost participation. The 2020 census will offer and encourage people to respond via the internet so that the count can be accurate, secure and convenient. SHARE has committed to joining the U.S. Census efforts in ensuring a complete count. 12 Head Start parents and staff attended the Head Start Awareness Day Celebration.