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Photograph of Head Start children, teachers and administrators with Commissioners Court for Week of the Young Child.
County Head Start program staff and children with Commissioners Court to commemorate the Week of the Young Child.
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HC Head Start students and teachers.

Hidalgo County is dedicated to serving the needs of young children


Dressed as characters from the Toy Story series of animated films, 10 children enrolled in the Hidalgo County Head Start program visited Commissioners Court to commemorate the Week of the Young Child, which will be celebrated April 16-19.

There are 3,690 children ages three- to five-years-old enrolled in the Hidalgo County Head Start program. Students Brandon Noriega and Renata Ramos lead the court in the Pledge of Allegiance prior to the proclamation.

"These are the children that make the program so great; we're excited to be here," said Head Start Executive Director Teresa Flores.

The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children.

The Hidalgo County Head Start Program, under the leadership of the County Commissioners and Policy Council, shares a vision of dedicated services to the economic and social well-being of children and families and are committed to their safety, education and healthy development, with strong community support.

"We are happy that the county provides much-needed services that focus attention on early childhood education," Flores said.

In addition to the children who performed the Pledge of Allegiance, other children present included Sophia Garza, Iker De Luna, Jorge Garza, Sofia Tamez, Nailea Alamos, Valentyn Avina, Kelly Morales, Miles Hernandez, Kevin Gonzalez, and Madeleine Berman.

Flores also acknowledged McAllen Center VI Manager Irma Garza-Acuna, Teacher Assistants Angeles Ortiz and Monica Vasquez, Administrator for Education Becky Villarreal, and Staff Development Sylvia Garza.

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Urban County
Urban County Director Diana Serna

April is Fair Housing Month 


Urban County Program Director Diana Serna presented two proclamations in support of programs that support decent, safe and sanitary housing for all residents.

The first proclamation approved by Commissioners Court declared the week of April 2nd as National Community Development Week to celebrate the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program and the HOME Investment Partnerships Program.

Since the inception of the Urban County Program, Hidalgo County has received $241, 778, 860 in CDBG funds and nearly $55.9 million in HOME funds, said Serna. Much of that funding has been for street, park, drainage, water and sewer improvements, installation of lighting, and funding numerous non-profit organizations providing services to low- and moderate-income residents among 18 participating cities and four precincts.


"On a positive note, because of tremendous support, funding will increase in 2018 from a $3 billion budget to a $3.3 billion dollar budget nationwide," said Serna. 

The second proclamation celebrates the Fair Housing Act, Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act which has been in effect since April 11, 1968 and protects the rights of all Americans to access housing regardless of race, color, sex, religion, national origin, family status or disability.

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development continues to enforce the Fair Housing Act, to ensure that every American retains the fundamental right to choose where he or she lives, raises a family, or owns a home.


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CASA representatives with Commissioners Court.
L to R: Bonnie Solis, Elizabeth Juarez, Bianca Lopez, Claudia Wood, CASA Interim Director Lupe Silva, Hidalgo County Commissioners Court, Christina Gressenger, Alyssa Garcia, Juan Garcia, Irvin Pena, and Esmeralda F. Davila.

Child Abuse Awareness & Prevention Month: We must do our part to protect children and reduce abuse and neglect


Commissioners Court proclaimed April as Child Abuse Awareness and Prevention Month and urges all citizens to work together to help reduce child abuse and neglect significantly in years to come.

The proclamation was presented to members of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) representatives. Commissioners Court has supported CASA since starting the program 24 years ago, said Interim Director Lupe Silva.

"CASA provides a voice to the court system for children who have been abused and neglected in our county," said Silva.

Child Protective Services conducted 6,211 investigations of child abuse and neglect in Hidalgo County in 2017. Of those cases, 1,870 were confirmed as victims of child abuse and neglect, including nine child fatalities.

Child abuse prevention is a community responsibility and finding solutions depends on involvement among all people. Communities must make every effort to promote programs that benefit children and their families, read the proclamation.

"Thank you for the ongoing support," said Silva, who was joined by CASA staff and volunteers.

County Judge Ramon Garcia commended the CASA staff and volunteers for their work with the children and their efforts to promote child abuse awareness programs that benefit children and their families.

'"Thank you for the services you provide our county and our county's children," said Garcia.

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In memoriam

In memoriam

Mrs. Catalina Garcia Ramon, mother of 430th District Judge Israel Ramon, Jr., passed away on Monday, April 2. She was 89 years old. Mrs. Ramon was born on March 22, 1929 to Adolfo and Delfina Garcia in Donna, lived in Weslaco most of her life, and most recently lived in McAllen with her oldest daughter, Norma.
 
She was predeceased by her husband, Israel Ramon, Sr., who passed away on March 6, 2008, and is survived by her children: Norma Ramon Torres and her husband Pedro; Judge Ramon and his wife Rosemary; Nelda Ramon Mata; Roberto Jose Ramon and his wife Alicia; Sylvia Ramon Wernecke and her husband Donald; and Ricardo Romeo Ramon.
 
Visitation will be held Wednesday, April 4 from 2-6 p.m. at Guerra Funeral Home in Weslaco with a Rosary at 6 p.m. The funeral mass will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, April 5 at St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church in Weslaco, followed by burial at Valverde Gardens in Donna.


Did you miss today's meeting? Watch it at 9 p.m. Thursday on KMBH Ch. 10 or on the county's YouTube Channel!

If you missed today's meeting, you can view it on our county website or YouTube Channel by clicking hereYou can also watch today's Commissioners Court   and Drainage District meetings on KMBH TV, cable channel 10, on Thursday at 9 p.m. Or watch it on Friday morning at 9 a.m. on your local school district channel 17.


The next regular meeting of Commissioners Court will be on Tuesday, April 10
The Drainage District Board of Directors meets at 9 a.m. followed by Commissioners Court   at 9:30 a.m. Meetings are held in the Commissioners Courtroom,  located on the first floor of the Court  house Annex III at 100 E. Cano St. in Edinburg.  

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