Several open houses Friday will support Bear River Head Start’s effort to enroll new families for the upcoming school year. Kami Christensen of Bear River Head Start said the program services children up to five years old with three different options. “The pre-school program is for four and five year-olds, the home based program is for children up to three years and the childcare program is for children three to five years.” Christensen said there is an income qualification. “We follow the Head Start income guidelines that work on a sliding scale which depends on household size as well as income.” Christensen said the program accepts any child with a disability regardless of income. Bear River Head Start advertises a commitment to serving families by providing free education and services to low income families and children with disabilities. “It is a federally-funded program,” said Christensen, “we get some state funding and the United Way also helps us, as well. Open houses on Friday are designed to provide information for those interested in involving their children in the program. “I’ve been with Head Start for three and a half years” said Christensen, “and I still get questions about what we do and who we serve. We want to answer these questions and help families determine if they qualify for our services. We can get an application started and see if they are eligible. It’s both a recruitment and information day.” Bear River Head Start has obtained expansion grants, making it possible to serve more than the 480 children enrolled this year. BRHS serves Cache, Box Elder and Rich Counties in Utah and five more counties in Idaho. There will be open houses Friday at varying times and at seven different northern Utah locations. More information is available at 755-0081.
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