Community Action Partnership of Northeast Missouri


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Kirksville, Missouri 63501

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Early Headstart

The reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994 made it possible to establish Early Head Start; a comprehensive child development and family support program for infants and toddlers under the age of 3, pregnant women and their families.

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In 1964, The Great Society, as envisioned by President Lyndon Johnson, was a sweeping plan to improve the lives of all Americans, regardless of their circumstances. Inspired by President Kennedy and his New Frontier, Johnson pledged to fulfill his promise of equal opportunity for all by enacting several comprehensive changes within the federal government. In August of that same year, the Economic Opportunity Act was signed into law by President Johnson creating the nationwide Community Action Network.
Community Action was a bold idea, especially for the federal government. It handed over control to the local level, so that programs were geared specifically for target population needs. This concept, maximum feasible participation, represented a new paradigm in the government and many sectors were wary of its innovative ideas. President Johnson selected a member of President Kennedys inner circle to head up the newly formed Office of Economic Opportunity Sargent Shriver.

Shriver was head of Peace Corps in the Kennedy administration and married to Kennedys sister, Eunice. He had proved himself to be a capable leader and President Johnson admired his abilities. President Johnson, legendary for his acumen in recruiting key personnel, offered the position to Shriver and would not take no for an answer. Shriver was installed as the first head of the OEO in October 11, 1964 and leapt into action.