Verbum Incarnatum: An Academic Journal of Social Justice


Many young children from low-income families are prepared for kindergarten through a well established, federally designed and funded preschool education program called Head Start. This paper explores how a program blending education, health, and social interventions is successful in a school-based environment. A Head Start program on the Texas-Mexico border is then described as part of a reciprocal learning partnership with a health professions program at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. Through the example of Head Start, occupational therapy students become immersed in issues of social policy, social justice, and the interdependence of health and education in addressing the needs of low-income children and families.