Message from the Director–Head Start and Early Head Start, August 2014

Aloha,

A new school year has begun for Head Start and Early Head Start children and families across the state!

With the restoration of funding due to sequestration cuts in 2012, Head Start and Early Head Start programs are funded to serve 485 pregnant women, infants and toddlers, and another 2,665 preschool-aged children (3-5 years of age) in center-based and home-based programs this school year. In addition to stand-alone classrooms on DOE campuses, in community centers, churches, park facilities, and on military bases, HS will be operating 15 Pre-Plus classrooms, as well as 34 inclusion classrooms (DOE/HS blended classrooms) on and off DOE campuses. Plans this year include developing a partnership with the new DOE-EOEL Prekindergarten Program around the sharing of resources, joint training, and coordination of special events and activities for the benefit of children and families.

We are also very excited about the new federal funding opportunity that will result in expanded EHS slots and/or EHS partnerships with family child care providers and early childhood center providers serving infants and toddlers across the nation. In Hawaii, EHS and HS grantees are in the process of developing applications that will need to be submitted by Aug. 20. State and local stakeholders have expressed a strong desire to partner and support this initiative, and we are hopeful that Hawaii will benefit from one or more grant awards to expand high-quality comprehensive services to our most vulnerable children.

October is Head Start Awareness Month and directors are planning events to celebrate our 49th anniversary … looking forward to our 50th anniversary in 2015!

With deep appreciation for our community partners across the state,

Chris S. Jackson
Hawaii Head Start Collaboration Director
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