Early Head Start provides home-visiting and center-based services to pregnant women and children from birth to three who live in Kona, Ka‘u, and North Hawaii, offering child development, family development, health, nutrition, and mental wellness services for enrolled families. Activities include home visits, socialization groups, parent-to-parent support, developmental screenings and assessments; also health, safety, and nutrition education, as well as therapeutic support for those with special needs.
The Family Support Hawaii Early Head Start program would like to spotlight a very special father who has been an active participant in our program since 2016: Jordan Tobias. Jordan is daddy to Cherish, who is almost four years old, and Kingston, who has just turned three. For the past three years, Jordan has received weekly home visiting services with the program, and has attended most of the twice-monthly socialization events, helping out the staff wherever help was needed. In addition, for the past two years, Jordan has been a member of the Early Head Start Policy Council. This council, made up of parents and community members, is an integral part of any Head Start or Early Head Start program. Members must review grant applications, approve program spending, participate in interviews for new staff, and provide input and feedback about program services. Jordan is currently serving as the Council’s Vice-Chairperson.
As a single dad, Jordan has put his energy into caring for and raising his two small children. Now that they are getting a little older, he has begun an exciting new job with the Boys & Girls Club at the Ulu Wini housing complex. With Jordan’s youngest child aging out of the program this month, we want to send our best wishes to this special family…you will be missed!