(bet28365体育投注) — The Head Start program is on its way to serving even more children thanks to its new physical location here in bet28365体育投注. The new Early Head Start and Head Start Center opened its doors this past week at 1575 N. 奥斯汀圣.
2020年夏天, the Community Council of South-Central Texas was awarded the grant to oversee the new full Head Start program. Program Director Julie Cantu says although 3 and 4-year-old students and other families with younger children were being serviced by the program over the last year, 这里还没有为最年轻的学生提供一个家.
”bet28365体育投注特别, we have Early Head Start and Head Start so that’s six weeks to right before they turn 3 which is the Early Head Start age range and then 3- and 4-year-olds are the Head Start age range. We partner with bet28365体育投注 ISD on the Ball Early Childhood Campus and those children are dual enrolled with bet28365体育投注 ISD at Ball and at Head Start. So, 一些教室, 365体育投注有八间教室，里面都有学前教育的孩子, 所以365体育投注和鲍尔合作. 365体育投注在鲍尔校园有个办公室. 365体育投注和Mrs一起工作. (Debra) Reiley to dual enroll the children with our program and bet28365体育投注 ISD, said Cantu.
坎图表示,不幸的是, finding a new home and getting the program off the ground proved challenging during a pandemic.
尽管如此, she says staff has not missed a beat when it comes to ensuring services and staying connected with families.
“We have renovated the building which took a long time — COVID setbacks with getting supplies and resources in so the building has been renovated and then we did orders with different childcare setting furniture companies like Lakeshore and Kaplan to get all new furniture, 所有的新玩具, 所有新的书. We got the playground installed and fencing so it’s been a work in progress over the last year. 365体育投注雇佣了员工. We are providing services curbside which they would come once a week and pick up a packet of activities and then we’d also do virtual live lessons with our teachers – one in the morning and one in the afternoon daily for each age group at our center,”坎图.
“365体育投注需要六周的时间到三岁. 当完全进入, we’ll have 46 children – two classrooms of 3-year-olds with 15 in each classroom – a teacher and teacher assistant in each Head Start classroom so it will be 15 children to two adults and then we will have an infant which will be at eight children with two teachers and the toddler classroom that will also have eight toddlers and two teachers,”坎图.
Cantu says the Head Start program for years has been credited with giving children that jump start in their education.
“The biggest thing I think is great about Head Start is that it is a family approach so we know success of a child at school starts at home so if we can make sure and help guide the family to the resources and give them referrals to what they need at home, then the student will probably be more successful at school and then while they are at Head Start enrolled in the centers and receiving services, they get that early education which is a key factor to being prepared for kindergarten starting young so even in our infant classrooms, there is a curriculum based learning approach even for the infants and toddlers so starting early I think is the key,”坎图.
Not only does Head Start assist foster children and students from low-income families, but Cantu says it also gets to implement its mission of ensuring the overall well being of each of their families.
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With doors now officially open, Cantu says enrollment for the program is still being accepted.
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Cantu says hiring is also well underway for its Head Start programs both here in bet28365体育投注 and in New Braunfels.
“So, not only are we enrolling students, we are also hiring and recruiting for staff. We are signed up for a couple of job fairs coming up at the end of October and we are hiring teachers and teacher assistants and family service specialists that work with the family and enrolls them and gets them referrals. 所以，365体育投注有早期启智计划和启智计划的空缺. They can apply on the Community Council of South-Central Texas website under ‘careers,’”坎图.
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