If you're looking for the Minnesota Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (MOFAS) you have come to the right place. We have some exciting news about our organization. We have a new name! MOFAS has officially been renamed Proof Alliance. Our mission remains the same: to prevent prenatal alcohol exposure and to improve the quality of life for people living with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD).
We now have the proof that prenatal alcohol exposure is a leading cause of brain injury in children. We have the proof that FASD is 100% preventable and people living with an FASD can reach 100% of their potential.
We seek to build powerful alliances with people with an FASD, their families, legislators, experts in the field, new partners, and community members to bring awareness, research, and services to this field.
Proof Alliance is rebranding, expanding, and we're moving! We have a new logo, website, and prevention campaign to help change the norms around drinking during pregnancy. And in May 2019 we will be moving to a stand-alone building. Proof Alliance commits to the people of Minnesota and we will continue to develop transformative programs to help Minnesotans impacted by FASD.
Early Head Start (ages birth-3) is usually provided through home visiting. Visitors work with parents to learn about child development and effective parenting.
Head Start programs are center-based and are usually 2-3 half day sessions per week. Some programs are 2-3 full day per week programs. Transportation is provided for children in Head Start, and also for parents to attend family programming if needed.
Head Start is a federally funded program started in 1965. Head Start promotes economic self-sufficiency and helps low income families lift themselves out of poverty. This program allows low income children to begin kindergarten with confidence and focuses on building social, physical, emotional, literacy and cognitive skills that are integral to success. Head Start programs, typically hosted by the Community Action Agencies are implemented across the U.S. through federal grantees. Head Start programs offer comprehensive services including language and literacy, health, social and emotional services.
Most of the families eligible for Head Start must have incomes at or below the federal poverty guidelines based on family size. Each Head Start/Early Head Start grantee has developed selection criteria which may take into considera-tion diagnosed disability, such as FASD, homelessness, proximity to entering kindergarten, and whether or not services have ever been received. Children in foster care are automatically eligible for Head Start.
Enrollment in the Head Start program typically begins in June and continues until all the slots are filled. Once the program is full, Head Start establishes a waiting list. Parent involvement is a very important for their child’s success in the program because they are the primary educators for their children, it is important that they have support so they are able to reach their full potential and help their children do the same. Head Start programs partner with several programs in the community including school based programs, health providers, family social services, housing services, job trainers, cultural organizations, and child care services.
For more information, visit the MN Head Start website.
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