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Dr. Bernard Donovan, superintendent of schools, speaks of the Board of Education's excitement for the Head Start program.
Monsignor Edmund Fogarty speaks about the war of poverty and the crucial step of winning the war through outreach to preschool children. He expresses his hopes that the New York City Head Start program is not only the country's largest program, but also the best.
A message is read from Eleanor Guggenheim, co-chair of the Anti-Poverty Operations Board co-chair.
Mayor Robert F. Wagner talks about the opportunities that will be presented to children taking part in the Head Start program.
Audio courtesy of the NYC Municipal Archives WNYC Collection
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People opposite of the economic opportunities operate the York City life Graham of the New York City not against poverty it is my proud and happy to welcome you here today join us in marking the start of a project in New York City many of you deserve more than the welcome you have earned the gratitude not only of those of us with responsibility of bringing the poverty and the. Higher community the members of the ad hoc committee headed by Monsignor probity into the planning committee Eleanor Guggenheim and and the the brain contracting agency that all of us and I'm president of the examples of the kind of cooperation out of possible and that's the bearing if we are going to make a significant impact on the problems of poverty. I want to take the vocations of like you for the hard work you performed on the great prices of little time and money difficulties next week over two hundred and seventy five Head Start letter will open and all five boroughs of New York one hundred and forty eight of them will be in school on the Board of Education the rest in private schools and. The opposite economic opportunity has given New York City the largest Headstart brand in the country over four and one have million dollars to provide that wonderful preschool experience for twenty thousand New York children had thought will introduce children to learning and teach them that learning Temby beyond their horizons will be broadened with prep cultural experiences and recreation in addition to less. It will receive a balanced new personal lunch every day a comprehensive medical dental and health care program will ensure maximum health or child in a head or a healthy mind can only develop in a healthy body and we are bearing the. Plan to be the child at the end by a competent pediatrician that he receives immunization. For thousands of these but he received correctional aid. Diagnosis and treatment for over. Brain public health will meet with parents and teachers that does the child and improve health in the home and in the school had thought of not only a program for children but parents and teachers and the community as well parents must share in the learning experience of the child with the develop and break out of the inherited bonds imposed by poverty of. The private there was a place for everyone in the program thousands of volunteers on needed to help the both I. As Lyndon Johnson operate lady the honorary chairman of Project. Has called on the men and women of America to extend a helping hand to the children. All of us thousands of men and women in this country. And a few hours of our time. They have a wonderful pope until there is no more important in our community or children to hear a voice come take my hand I am confident that New Yorkers will want to read on the end of the ethically do that appeal I believe that we are making an important and significant beginning here today I congratulate all of you who have performed so hard to bring the project on the M.B. up. To the maturity reality I hope you will continue the good work you have begun my blood that we will stand side by side to help you so much. Basic to the. People of New York is the cases you're privileged indeed today to have the deep executive of our City Board of Education here to speak to three of them are delighted to present you Dr Bernard Donovan seven in the city of New York. Dr Logan Mayo. President or vain an honored guest one of education is the particularly delighted to be bothered debating in this operation had bought program because here in this program I think we see the wedding of education in the community programs not just going to school. Social activities that help all activities with the welfare of the child and the cleaning of the child at the same time so we're delighted to have been in from the beginning on operation had thought about this a baby and by poverty bought in formulating the program and helping the carrier through. We are also interested in the very fine volunteer work that's going to be done that some thousands of people in this city because operation had thought as far as we are concerned is only the beginning of a continuing program we intend to pin you in the public schools and I'm sure that the private and parochial and we can also intend to continue that bind type of program throughout the year so that this is really the launching of the program we're going to lend to whatever you happen at the Board of Education can possibly deal with the cooperation of the citizenry I'm sure that will be a great day for the young children of the city of New York. Co-chairman of the ad hoc committee for the Head Start program and delighted to introduce to you them a month in Edmonton Koger team. A. DOCTOR Logan's Run of the mayor with the Donovan presence of a. Role on the program is a very pleasant one because we were asked something that we welcome that was to be brief there's no question that the most critical area in the War on Poverty is the work that's going to be done with the preschool children in the city of New York battles in the War on Poverty may be victorious. But the war on poverty has to be won with preschool children or it will not be one of the law as someone said very wisely what happens to a preschool young. Pretty much the term is whether when he's nineteen he'll be on really people going to college. The ad hoc committee on head. That we have been privileged to chair along with Mrs Gorgon Hi Emma in the name of the committee we would like to thank the city administration for giving us this very responsible. We also at this point publicly would like to thank the members of the committee that under tremendous pressure and with their own day's work to though they banded together to make the work so effective and close and would like to with your the head dog project throughout the city and the sense a lot with of had thought that the committee will then ready during the coming to work closely with them and a whole New York City will not only have the largest program in the country but the bad leg. One thing it has occurred the fact that he is cochairman of the ad hoc committee the other code Sam and they are on the Guggenheim on what are they not able to be here today because of our presence in Washington at a time a program that we do have a message from the Globe and I'm always I like to read to you regret that I am unable to be present at New York City's observance of National Head Start today and have been someone who was within my Mrs and and Johnson to fade in the head White House ceremony the victim I regret and Beth which is the successor to the man presents gravamen and all participants in the significance are moment from the GOING ON I should like to express a tremendous appreciation for myself and for all of the audience I'm here to meet your band of the real one which has done such a commendable job and for them especially to Benjamin sensitive director thank you so much. AC has done a tremendous job and tremendous amount of work and a great quality to work with the program to see that was your role we hope that much of the credit will go to her as this program doesn't work with a good album like that will not work for. Me they had on with the big bad rock wall more than any others alike to have you know and to give a hand of applause for a very great concert yours as a scar across the coordinator of I had not heard the in. A group of children of on a present they had thought flag to the merit of the city and we have them come for an hour. And I they there were more directly from God and through the markets from the Number One of the city of New York that the New York to our mayor out of all Robert up Wagner. When her. Mother There was another woman. Or. Your. Arrival. On. The right. One in one. One. One. One. One. And. One. One. If you will resume your played. Him up Wagner may have a thing on why why why didn't. I go back to Logan and they know. Brant. First of all I want to thank the young boys and girls for the get the very very lovely black. I'm glad to welcome you to. Everyone who was hit a day is here because of you know him many many other boys and girls like you all over New York City all those kill them who have been the. School that dumb. During my nearly twelve years as mayor of New York I have put on many their Omonia voters but none with greater pleasure than the one I will do and a few moments it a day. New York City is proud to join and over two thousand cities and towns throughout the United States and raising the head. Blag we raised today as a symbol of hope in the war against poverty. Just as we raise the flag thought a new day so does God represent the first act in a new way of life for New York City. Raising the blag is only one act in a busy day and so much God Only the first act in these children to take toward meaningful and happy lives. The greatest soft of hope we have is in our young people the very young those of us that. There's a very old saying an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure and this is especially true of the work we are now starting out to do under the title operates in head. The purpose of this project as we know it bent the tragic waste of lives this is a pot of our airport to break the cycle of poverty to make sure that the children of poverty do not become the parents of. The early years of childhood are the most critical period in the entire life of the human being during these years children for the first time come in contact with the New World they perform attitude toward school and college that. They have no experiences would be given to his views about their environment and their fellow men. Recent experimentation and risk. Have provided conclusive evidence that by Phil preschool programs can improve the child come back to the Board team and even at four and five years of age next week beginning July the thousands of New York children will begin a new life in about two hundred seventy five had child development then. They will be introduced to an environment in which every child has the maximum opportunity and support than developing his or her potent helping to prepare them for success in school and later in life head God will help the emotional and social development of these children by encouraging confidence curiosity and self discipline Headstart will seek to enhance the children's mental. With particular attention to developing their abilities to put their thoughts into words Ed thought will work with the parents as well as with the children with volunteers and neighborhood aides as well as what put back. Together parents and peaches and cream directed at the development of the time. Mrs Lyndon B. Johnson the lady of a country that was devoted so much time to this project has said project. Is the most exciting productive and practical project any government can embark on I congratulate all of you here with the sponsoring aid and I salute you for the teamwork and cooperation you demonstrated in putting together the lodges program in the country in such a short time and I congratulate all the members of the ad hoc committee for the leadership you provided in making that possible and I call on all of our citizens. To join with us as we dedicate the flag our city and. To the children of.