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The Sawyerville-Hale County Head Start Program was recognized as a PATHS® Model School at the recent PATHS® International Conference in Chicago.

Here’s the press release they sent about the honor:

A Head Start program in Hale County has received recognition from a national organization. 

At the 12th International PATHS® Conference, held in Chicago, Illinois, May 5-7, 2016, Sawyerville Hale County Head Start, a division of Community Service Programs of West Alabama (CSP), Inc., was recognized as a PATHS® Model School.

The PATHS® curriculum promotes social and emotional competencies by reducing aggression and behavior problems in preschool through elementary school-aged children, while simultaneously enhancing the educational process in the classroom. This curriculum is designed to be used by educators and counselors in a multiyear, universal prevention model. Although primarily focused on the school and classroom settings, information, materials, and activities are also included for use with parents.

Several faculty members at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa received a grant from the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of   Health and Human Services.   The award involved training Head Start teachers in six Alabama counties, to implement the Preschool PATHS Social Emotional Curriculum in Head Start classrooms for the past two years. The collaborating UA faculty included Dr. Caroline Boxmeyer, Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Dr. Ansley Gilpin, Assistant Professor of Psychology, and Dr. Jason DeCaro, Associate Professor of Anthropology.

The PATHS® model school recognition is an important international honor.  It designates the Sawyerville Head Start center as one of a select number of site locations that educators from the United States and other countries can visit to learn about the effective implementation of   this innovative curriculum.  According to Cynthia W. Burton, CSP Executive Director, “This recognition further enhances CSP’s attainment of excellence in education for our children.  We are particularly proud that one of our Black Belt centers was the first Alabama Head Start program to achieve this national recognition.”

Community Service Programs of West Alabama, Inc. is a private, nonprofit, community action agency, created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964. The organization’s mission is to provide resources and services which resolve immediate needs and lead to long-term self-sufficiency for low-income and vulnerable populations. The agency uses public and private funding sources to develop and administer programs.  Collaborative participation with a diverse group  of organizations is a priority for the agency.


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