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West River Head Start
In the News
Caring Community Award Presented to Head Start
(April 27, 2016) West River Head Start, is proud to celebrate a truly amazing accomplishment. In February of 2016, West River Head Start was nominated for, and received, the North Dakota Caring Communities Award (NDCCA) from Prevent Child Abuse North Dakota. The NDCCA is presented yearly to individuals and organizations that are committed to children's safety in North Dakota, and educating the community to prevent child abuse in the state. All West River Head Start staff members are recipients of this award and deserve the credit. Through their relentless commitment to protecting children West River Head Start employees have made our communities a safer place for our kids to learn, grow, and thrive.
“A Caring Community is a neighborhood, school, organization, or business that nurtures the safe and loving development of children and has committed the time and effort to educate itself on how to prevent, recognize, and react responsibly to child abuse.”
Pictured left to right: Joey Kolosky, HIT VP and WRHS Director; Governor Jack Dalrymple; Shelly Simon, WRHS Assistant Director; and Sam Gregerson, WRHS Assistant Director
Jay Watson, National Head Start Parent of the Year
(July 2015) The National Head Start Association (NHSA) has awarded Jay Watson of the West River Head Start program in Mandan the National Head Start Parent of the Year Award. The NHSA Parent of the Year Award is given to those parents that show exceptional leadership, teamwork, drive, and dedication to their respective Head Start programs, communities, and above all else, their families.
Watson's application went through an extremely competitive and rigorous tiered process. Watson was first chosen as the North Dakota Head Start Association's Parent of the Year where he competed against all of the respective Head Start programs in the state and their parent nominees. Watson was then chosen the Region VIII winner where he competed against six state winners. Finally he was chosen to represent the nation where he competed against winners from the respective 12 NHSA regions.
"We are tremendously proud of Jay," says Joe Kolosky, Vice President of HIT's Children and Family Services program. "Everything Jay did when he was a parent at West River Head Start, he did for the kids. His number one priority was providing the best experience for not only his child, but also all the children. And that's what makes him deserving of this award."