Barrasso visits Casper Head Start

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CASPER, Wyo (Wyoming News Now) Preschoolers at Wyoming Family and Child Development Head Start had a special guest reader Thursday.

Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, reads to Head Start students in Casper, Wyo. on Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019.

Senator John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, visited the Casper, Wyo. facility. He toured it and then read “Dragons Love Tacos” to the kids.

“It’s a lot better than reading some of the legislative language that I have to read on a regular basis,” Barrasso said. “They love looking at the pictures, they love looking at the words and what you hope is that then they pick up this love of reading and carry it through the rest of their lives.”

He said parents should read to their young kids everyday.

Head Start is a federally funded program. It offers free preschool to kids from low-income families up to age five.

“You want to make sure that the resources that taxpayers put into programs is well spent. And I will tell you, right here in Casper, Wyoming, Head Start is doing a wonderful job of providing wonderful services for our young people,” Barrasso said.

Mary Kugler is the Wyoming Child and Family Development Area Coordinator. She said elementary school teachers tell her they notice former Head Start students are ahead of students who didn’t go to preschool.

She said the program also gives kids access to more than an education.

“These children and their families have access to a quality free program that we can address any educational needs as well as health needs, making sure that they are connected to our community with doctors and dentist, and getting the services that they need in order to be successful in school,” Kugler said.

She said Head Start currently serves about 200 Casper-area kids.