By: Charles Davis, III
On Saturday June 17th, the Sanders Beach Community Center held the first ever Community Action Program Committee (CAPC) Head Start Family Day. The outdoor event was fun-filled with food and prizes for those in attendance.
The Blue Wahoos mascot, Kazoo, entertained and played games with the children. Also in attendance was the Pensacola Fire Department that showed the children how fire trucks are operated and the tools they use to save lives.
CAPC began in 1965 but it was under the leadership of President Lyndon B. Johnson that the U.S. Congress enacted the bill known as the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964.
CAPC provides many services to the general community and families that become an integral part of Head Start. Some services include housing and assistance with utilities.
“We are here to help out the community and trying to get our numbers,” says Admissions Specialist, Brittney Fields.
Having centers throughout Escambia County, CAPC assists and services 935 children and hopes to gain more.
“We mostly help low income families and we are trying to get all of our centers filled,” Fields continued.
CAPC also has centers that accept children from 6 weeks to 5 years old as well as a voluntary pre-kindergarten Program (VPK services) and other wraparound services.
The volunteers founded the Head Start Family Day because it was important to show the community that help and benefits are available for families and children. It is that kind of love and commitment for assisting families that increases awareness within the community.
To assist CAPC continue to do its work, donations and volunteers can go to: http://capc-pensacola.org/donate/ and http://capc-pensacola.org/volunteer/