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About SV4Cs

Serving the whole family

We believe that when parents are supported by a high-quality early childhood program that provides access to comprehensive services when needed, they are better able to raise successful, happy, and healthy children.

We believe that an environment that values and respects each family’s culture and strengths and supports and empowers families in areas of need will produce children and families that are resilient, self-sufficient, and successful.

We believe that our role is to provide a safe, healthy, nurturing environment in which each child can develop at their own pace and be supported by developmentally appropriate materials and activities. We aim to empower parents and provide continued support as they fulfill their role as their child’s primary and most important teachers.

Our history and story


Head Start is a national program administered through the Administration for Children and Families in the US Department of Health and Human Services. Since its inception, the purpose of Head Start has been to promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of education, health, nutritional, social, and other comprehensive services to enrolled children and families. We serve over 1 million children and their families annually in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and US territories. We have served over 36 million children since our programs began.

In 1965, the Office of Economic Opportunity launched Project Head Start as an eight-week summer program. Head Start was part of the war on poverty, which embodied a basic belief in education as the solution to poverty. Head Start was designed to help break the “cycle of poverty” by serving preschool children of low-income families.

In 1969, Head Start was transferred from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Office of Child Development in the US Department of Health, Education, and Welfare. Head Start serves many American Indian, migrant farm worker, urban and rural children, and families in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, and Pacific Insular Areas. In the mid-1990s, Early Head Start services for ages birth to 3 years old were formalized and expanded.


Since its incorporation in 1985, Suwannee Valley 4Cs has proudly served children and their families through our programs in Columbia, Hamilton, Lafayette, and Suwannee counties in North Central Florida.

History timeline

1965The Office of Economic Opportunity launched Project Head Start as an eight-week summer program.1969Head Start was transferred from the Office of Economic Opportunity to the Office of Child Development in the U.S. Department of Health, Education, and Welfare.1985Suwannee Valley 4Cs was incorporated and has proudly served children and their families ever since through our programs in North Central Florida.1995The first Early Head Start grants were awarded, serving low-income women and children ages birth-3 years old


The Head Start program was reauthorized to expand to full-day and full-year services.

Our board of directors

Our Board of Director’s responsibilities includes legal and fiscal activities, program planning, organization, development, evaluation, policy creation, human resources management, regulation compliance, recruitment, selection, enrollment, oversight of the Policy Council, review of annual self-assessment, and an ongoing commitment to implementing the highest quality program possible.

  • Jo Haley, President
  • Dr. Tom Logan, Vice President
  • Michele Ward, Executive Director
  • John Medina, Treasurer
  • Laura Ann Fouraker-Gardner
  • Sharon Oliver
  • Jaye Smith
  • Sheri Daar
  • George Dekle


The annual report is provided in accordance with the Head Start for School Readiness Act of 2007 and includes the following:

  • Public and Private Funds
  • Budget Information
  • Number of Children & Families Served
  • Average Monthly Enrollment
  • Percentage of Eligible Children Served
  • Federal Monitoring Review Results
  • Financial Audit Results
  • Percentage of Children Receiving Medical/Dental Exams
  • Parent Involvement Activities
  • School Readiness Goals and Kindergarten Preparation

The Community Assessment is a comprehensive community assessment completed every 5 years to stimulate strategic thinking about the Head Start and Early Head Start programs, services provided, needs within the community, and community strengths.

Annual Report

Community Assessment

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