Head Start celebrating 50 years this Friday


A celebration of the 50th anniversary of Head Start will be held this Friday from 1-3 p.m. at the Washington C.H. Fayette County Early Learning Center.

Those currently involved with Head Start, those who have been involved with Head Start or those who would like to learn more about Head Start can join the celebration at 1400 U.S. Route 22 Northwest in Washington C.H.

In 1965 as part of the war on poverty, the Head Start program began. Head Start was designed to help communities meet the needs of disadvantaged preschool children. The program now provides services for pregnant mothers, infants/toddlers and children (birth-5 years of age).

The Fayette County Early Learning Center offers preschool programming at two sites: Washington C.H. and Jeffersonville. There are seven classrooms that include five Head Start classrooms and two Washington City Public preschool classrooms, serving a total of 208 children. Classes are offered in split day sessions, Monday-Thursday from 8:15 a.m. to 11:45 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. and two full-day classrooms from 8:15 a.m. to 3:15 p.m. Monday-Thursday.

Center-based Early Head Start services (birth-3) are offered at Rock-a-Bye Early Learning Center, which has the capacity to serve 24 children and Home Based services, which serve 75 children and pregnant mothers.

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