One of the new programs started by Head Start is an Early Head Start program which provides early developmental intervention for children age 0-3 years. (Regular Head Start starts at age 3 years). At Porcupine Head Start, they have their first infant, a 5 month old boy. Early developmental intervention is a key for lifetime success in kids from at risk homes. There are statistics that show that early intervention, particularly in infancy is associated with later success in school, higher levels of education obtained , decreased incarcerations and higher earning potential. The fact Head Start is able to provide this early intervention is one of the keys to lifetime success for these high risk kids. Our part in being able to provide physicals to 80 children this week allows the kids to continue to participate in this valuable program, since many families have transportation and time restrictions that make it hard for them to schedule physicals in local clinics.
One of the lessons that volunteers learn quickly is the need for flexibility and patience when working with the Lakota people. Their sense of time is fluid and often what has been set up ahead of time doesn’t end up working at the last minute for a variety of reasons. As the old adage goes……”the best laid plans”…..
Their appreciation for our services is genuine.