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By Brent Butler and Lee Thomas     Follow East Palo Alto Today on
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March 10, 2014                           
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  Photo of Cooley Landing in 2013 
  Photo of Cooley Landing taken in 2013



A partnership with Head Start, the YMCA, and the City of East Palo Alto is off and running.

Head Start children and their parents digitally photographed their surroundings to express in pictures what they like and don’t like about where they live. Cooley Landing, the East Palo Alto Boxing Club, the East Palo Alto YMCA and a statuette of the Virgin Mary were among the pictures photographed.

To acknowledge the efforts of Head Start children and parents, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital generously funded a $3,000 grant for their participation. The grant will be used to help improve the health & wellness of Head Start participants within the community.

The City of East Palo Alto collaborated with East Palo Alto YMCA Executive Director, Delayzio Amerson, to help implement health and wellness activities for Head Start.

The YMCA will provide two phases of health and wellness activities by starting with a 2 week program open to all 80 Head Start participants.

This will support Head Start’s comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

The program’s second phase starts on Cesar Chavez Day in recognition of Cesar Chavez’s efforts for fair treatment and wages.

By providing exercise and instruction in how to be safe in water, the partnership wishes to provide opportunities for healthy lifestyles.

Since none of East Palo Alto’s schools have a swimming pool, the YMCA is the only safe place in close proximity for children to learn how to be comfortable in water and to swim.

Because funding is limited, the partnership encourages you to give to Head Start under the program named ‘Photovoice’. For more information, please contact the City of East Palo Alto Planning Division Manager, Brent Butler, by email at: bbutler@cityofepa.org.


This article ran in the February-March 2014 edition of East Palo Alto Today on page 3 under the title: Creating community photovoices for health. See the issue at www.epatoday.org/current.html

To contact the authors of this article, Brent Butler and Lee Thomas, who is the East Palo Alto Interim Youth and Family Service Manager, send an email to Brent Butler at bbutler@cityof epa.org.