New grant helps Head Start assist younger children

For many years Bear River Head Start has been providing opportunities for education to children, families and the community in a nurturing and supportive environment. The program is 100 percent federally funded and the Bear River Head Start program covers 260 children from Cache and Box Elder counties and another 118 children from Idaho communities.

Kami Christensen, Early Child Care Partnership Coordinator, says a new federal grant was recently received that will help local kids and their parents. She says for the past 15 years Head Start has been working with child care providers in the two counties to provide services for pre-school age whose parents work or are in school.

“This past year the federal government opened funding to expand those child care services to include infants and toddlers,” Christensen says. “Now we are able to serve kids from birth, from the time they enter care at six weeks old, to the time they move on to kindergarten at five.

“It’s really exciting for us to be able to expand those services, to better meet the needs of our childcare families, our childcare providers and the community.”

Christensen says the funding became available in February and Head Start started enrolling kids in May. She says Head Start workers and parents alike are excited about it.

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