Head Start Resumes In-Person Education
A comprehensive back-to-school orientation had made the first smooth-sailing
day for HCDE Head Start Compton Center Manager Merevonna Daniel, her employees,
students, and their families. Daniel explained that only one child had cried.
Children at both HCDE Head Start and Early Head Start centers are now attending
school in person. All centers adopt CDC protocols. Students and staff
are met at the door and checked for temperatures — a pre-class emailed
survey of COVID-19 symptoms. Use personal protective equipment like masks,
sanitizers, and gloves. Classrooms are divided into two with two teachers
to accommodate small class sizes.
Daniel explained that they practice classroom social distance.
HCDE Head Start staff worked with their students and parents in September.
Parents choose one of three regular Virtual Class slots with their kids.
Families picked up work packets for their kids with drive-by meals. Daniel
also explained that the back-to-school process in person was more comfortable
because people could see us online before entering the building.
Best Place to Live
"HCDE is dedicated to making Harris County the
best place to live," says Chairman Eric Dick. "That includes investing in early
childhood. This year,
we reduced tax rates and
increased services. Also, we realize teachers are continually underpaid - that's why
we committed to growing our minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2021."
Previously, Channelview Head Start staff offered a soft launch as many
students returned and practiced new safety protocols. The experience provided
useful input as the workers worked out kinks. Daniel explained that most
parents and children at the Compton Head Start Center are excited about
returning, particularly after receiving detailed safety procedures details.
HCDE is looking forward to an excellent school year and hoping everyone
stays healthy. Head Start is looking for students for registration. To
learn more, please visit