Head Start’s Health & Safety Carnival Anticipated to Draw Hundreds

May 10, 2016 (Blair County, PA): The Blair County Head Start program is gearing up to host its largest Health & Safety Carnival to date for all Head Start children and their families.  The fifth annual Health & Safety Carnival will be held on Wednesday May 18, 2016 from 5pm to 7pm at PNG Field, Altoona, PA.  The event has grown in popularity among both Head Start families and community organizations over the past five years prompting the program to move the event to a larger venue.

The well attended carnival draws a crowd of hundreds of enrolled children and their families from across Blair County.  Last year, over 700 Head Start children and family members were in attendance. The carnival focuses on child and family health and safety topics and features a wide variety of local community organizations, businesses, informational booths, family friendly activities and food.  This event is for children enrolled in the Blair County Head Start program and their families. This event is not open to the public.

Local media is welcome and encouraged to cover the event.

As of May 10, 2016, the following community organizations, individuals and businesses have contributed to the event and/or will be in attendance:

•Safe Kids Coalition
•Texas Road House
•UPMC Wellness
•Altoona Curve
•Blair County Police Departments
•Penn State Extension
•Lakemont Fire Department
•UPMC For You
•Appalachia Intermediate Unit 08
•Village in Place/The Village at Morrison’s Cove
•Eat Well Play Hard/Penn State
•UPMC For Kids
•Altoona Center for Martial Arts
•Med Express
•Aetna Better Health
•Blair Family Solutions
•United Way of Blair County
•Altoona Public Library
•Family Services of Blair County
•Ritchey’s Dairy
•Operation Our Town
•American Cancer Society
•We Care Therapy
•Pennsylvania DCNR / Forestry Department
•Dairy Queen – Logan Town Center
•Delgrosso’s Park
•Blair County Dairy Princess
•Blair Drug and Alcohol Partnerships
•Hollidaysburg YMCA
•Norfolk Southern Operation Lifesaver Program
•City of Altoona Fire Inspector
•Kid’s First Affiliated Services
•Lily Pond Child Care
•Smiles for Miles
•Pennsylvania Game Commission
•Roaring Spring Bottling Company
•Because We Care Altoona
•Fire Storm Entertainment
•Tilt Studio
•The Italian Grill
•Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12 – Migrant & Translation Services
•PA Office of the Attorney General Education and Outreach
•Altoona Community Health Center/Primary Health Network
•Blair County Children, Youth and Family Services

Blair County Head Start is a program of Child Advocates of Blair County, Inc.  Head Start provides a free comprehensive preschool program for income eligible children three to five years of age in eleven centers across Blair County and is federally and state funded to serve a total of 514 children county-wide.

Since its creation in 1965, Head Start has served 32 million children and their families, providing comprehensive early learning services that get at-risk children ready for kindergarten and set families on the path toward self-sufficiency. Blair County Head Start has been in existence since approximately 1967 when it started as just a summer program and now has grown to serve over 500 children and their families across the county.