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HCDE Head Start Art and Reading Showcase Highlights Benefits of Reading to Children Early on at Community Event April 25

Storybooks stir creativity in pre-k students enrolled at Harris county Department of Education Head Start as students showcase artwork inspired by literature.  The Art and Reading Showcase is scheduled for Friday, April 25 from 2-4 p.m. at HCDE Head Start Fifth Ward, 4014 Market St. in northeast Houston.

Parents and Head Start students ages 3-5 use the opportunity to express themselves artistically through books. Student performances, arts-and-crafts stations and storybook demonstrations bring the afternoon to life with tales that include the likes of big red dogs, Goldilocks and nursery rhymes.

The event is supported by Bank of Texas and hosted by Harris County Department of Education Head Start.

“We use this time to call attention to the importance of reading to young children,” said HCDE Head Start Director Venetia Peacock.  “We invite the community to join us as we showcase student artwork inspired by and enhanced through literacy.”

Statistics show that reading to young children promotes language acquisition and is linked with literacy development and later on with achievement in reading comprehension and overall success in school, according to

Harris County Department of Education provides services through 14 Head Start centers located in northeast Harris County. Additional locations include Baytown, J.D. Walker, Pugh, Tidwell, Humble, Fifth Ward, Channelview, Compton, Coolwood, Dogan, Barrett Station, San Jacinto and Sheffield.

For information about enrollment or locations, call (713) 672-9343.

About Harris County Department of Education’s Head Start: Harris County Department of Education Head Start Area I serves families residing in east and northeast Harris County, providing 14 area centers for over 1,100 children and their families. Head Start is a federally funded program that prepares children ages 3-5 for school. It also supports and promotes strong families through parent participation and training. Low-income families and families of children with special needs benefit from services.


About Harris County Department of Education: HCDE provides education services to the general public and 25 school districts throughout Harris County and beyond. Services include adult education, programs to promote safe schools, after-school programs, therapy services, professional development for educators, special schools, alternative certification for principals and teachers, Early Childhood Intervention and Head Start programs. We offer purchasing procurement, grant development, program research and evaluation, records management, and school finance support. Since 1889, our services continue to evolve to meet the needs of our education public. Visit us at


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