child-povertyOne in six children in El Paso County lives in poverty, according to the U.S. Census, and Colorado has one of the fastest-growing poverty rates in the country.

In 1965, President Lyndon Johnson launched Project Head Start, and 100,000 children were enrolled throughout the U.S.

In Colorado Springs, the late Sidney H. Berg directed the first Head Start program here.

Since then, more than 31 million children have been helped through the program nationally. CPCD, the area nonprofit that provides the Head Start Program in

El Paso County, now serves more than 2,000 children under the leadership of President and CEO Noreen Landis-Tyson.

CPCD will host its annual Community Giving Breakfast Nov. 12 at the Doubletree Hotel in Colorado Springs. For more information, call Laraine Saldivar-Gillespie at 884-1409 or email her at laraine@cpcd.org.