Early Head Start will Soon Expand in Anoka County

Posted by Kris Lindahl on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015 at 11:42am.

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The Head Start program found under the Anoka County Community Action Program has recently received a federal grant and plans to expand. This will be the first time the program has been able to expand in both Anoka and Washington County.

Recently, President Barak Obama announced a $500 million grant that will benefit Early Head Start Child Care. This announcement came at the White House Summit in December 2014.

The Anoka/Washington County program will receive $7.5 million over five years with $1.5 million coming each year. This will allow the program to serve about 110 additional children from ages 0 to 3. All of the children will come from low income families and they genuinely need this help.

Up to 16 area child care centers will work with the program to help widen the net. Currently, Early Head Start works with the Crayon Box Child Care Academy in Fridley. They offer the Early Head Start services her in Anoka County to about 60 children. Washington County doesn't have a program at this time.

Some of the partnerships are not finalizes, but the program does know they will be working with New Horizon Academy. They will deliver training and technical assistance to New Horizon Academy and other partners to ensure they understand the goals of early prevention and intervention.

Both children and parents will benefit as this program allows children to stay with the child care center until the parents are able to pick them up. This is a family program designed to help the children develop and give parents an option so they can stay employed and continue to work even with a child in the mix.

The program in Anoka and Washington County will start to serve more children before April 1st, 2015 due to these funds.

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