Early Head Start Honors Two Lubbock Institutions

Cartoon-inspired awards ceremony highlights key city partnerships.

Written by Cory Chandler

The College of Human Sciences Early Head Start Program tonight honored the Lubbock Housing Authority (LHA) and the Lubbock Health Department (LHD) at the first Pooh Awards Ceremony; it also honors Early Head Start parents, who are a vital part of the day-to-day activities within the program.

The ceremony is named after Winnie the Pooh, an international symbol of friendship and caring, and honors Lubbock community institutions who have opened their arms and hearts to the Early Head Start Program and have helped make the programs a reality.

Partnerships were made possible through a federal grant received in 2000. Both LHA and LHD helped to provide Early Head Start with the non-federal money that was needed in order to match the federal grant funding. LHA supplies the facilities, maintenance and utilities for the program, as well as staff funding and development. The LHA works closely with Early Head Start to identify potential students and families that are in need and are eligible for the program. The Lubbock Health Department supplies Early Head Start with personnel and health counseling.

The Texas Tech University Early Head Start program strives to ensure high-quality, responsive services to families from culturally and socio-economically diverse backgrounds. As part of the Texas Tech College of Human Sciences, the Early Head Start program enhances the college’s mission to further the human condition and to encourage community involvement.

CONTACT: Georgia Godfrey, coordinator of college development and external relations, College of Human Sciences, Texas Tech University, (806) 742-3263, or georgia.godfrey@ttu.edu.