HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — An early childhood education aide charged in Delaware with sexually assaulting two girls had previously been accused of acting inappropriately with a 5-year-old...
Head Start aide charged with child sexual abuse
HARRINGTON, Del. (AP) — Authorities say a man working as an aide for a Delaware Head Start program is facing child sex abuse charges.
Harrington Police say 27-year-old Timothy K. McCrary of...
Mass. man spreads joy as volunteer reader to students
WORCESTER, Mass. (AP) — Run into any young person in the city, and there's a good chance they know Mr. Tig.
The Worcester resident has read a book to tens of thousands of children over the...
3 sentenced in Blackfeet Head Start embezzlement case
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — The people, including the wife of a former chairman of the Blackfeet Indian tribe, have been sentenced after pleading guilty to stealing from the Montana tribe's Head...
Peoria Head Start program get $6.2M in grants
PEORIA, Ill. (AP) — Head Start programs in a central Illinois are receiving $6.2 million in federal grants.
The office of U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos, an Illinois Democrat, announced the money...
EAST ST. LOUIS, Ill. (AP) — Two teachers in Illinois are on paid leave as authorities investigate allegations that one forced preschool children to stand naked in a closet with the door open as...
Retirees craft hand-made toys for low-income kids
LOGAN, Ohio (AP) — Bob Cole knew the answer before he asked, but he couldn't resist creating a little suspense.
Leaning over to talk with a pony-tailed girl in her preschool classroom last...
Edward Zigler, ‘father of Head Start,’ dies in Connecticut
NORTH HAVEN, Conn. (AP) — Edward Zigler, a Yale University professor who helped create the Head Start program for disadvantaged preschoolers in the 1960s, has died at his Connecticut home. He was 88 years old.
The university said in a statement that Zigler, known as the "Father of Head Start," died in his sleep Thursday in North Haven.
Former chairman pleads not guilty to stealing from program
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former Blackfeet tribal chairman has pleaded not guilty to charges of stealing from the Montana tribe's Head Start program.
The Great Falls Tribune reports Willie Sharp is accused of illegally approving more than $232,000 in overtime pay for himself, his wife and others between April 2014 and July 2014.
Ex-Blackfeet tribal chairman indicted in embezzlement case
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A former Blackfeet tribal chairman has been indicted on charges of theft and fraud in connection with embezzlement from a Head Start program.
The Great Falls Tribune reported Thursday that the indictment accuses Willie Andrew Sharp of illegally approving $232,000 in overtime pay for himself, his wife and other people.
Police: Head Start director embezzled $12K in PTO funds
BROOKFIELD, Conn. (AP) — Police in Connecticut say the director of a school Head Start program embezzled nearly $13,000 from an elementary school's parent-teacher organization.
The News-Times reports that Monica Bevilacqua was charged Friday with second-degree larceny, second-degree forgery and illegal use of a credit card.
Agency works to correct problems with Head Start on Cape Cod
BOSTON (AP) — A child development agency on Cape Cod is working to correct multiple problems with its Head Start preschool programs after a scathing federal report.
Woman admits embezzling from Blackfeet Head Start
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — A Montana woman has admitted her role in a scheme in which employees at the Blackfeet Tribe's Head Start program falsely claimed a combined 7,800 hours in overtime pay.
The admission by 60-year-old Denise Sharp of Browning in federal court in Great Falls comes after four other defendants previously pleaded guilty in the scheme involving $232,000 in unearned pay.
2 plead guilty to embezzling from Blackfeet Head Start
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Two people have pleaded guilty to their roles in a scheme in which employees of the Blackfeet Tribe's Head Start program claimed $232,000 in unearned overtime pay.
Patrick Calf Boss Ribs and Theresa Marie Calf Boss Ribs pleaded guilty Thursday to theft from an Indian tribal government receiving federal funding and wire fraud. U.S. District Judge Brian Morris scheduled sentencing for March 14.
Jennifer Garner plays with Arkansas kids at health center
AUGUSTA, Ark. (AP) — Actress Jennifer Garner has brought a little fun to a northeast Arkansas childcare and family health center.
Thee Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Garner visited the ARcare Center for Education and Wellness in Augusta, about 75 miles (120 kilometers) northeast of Little Rock, Thursday as an ambassador for Save the Children's Head Start program.
FLORENCE, S.C. – The Pee Dee Community Action Partnership Head Start program is accepting applications for 2018-19.
Spots are limited, so applications should be completed soon, according to the organization.
Head Start provides a successful school readiness opportunity for children from birth to 5 years old in Florence, Marion and Dillon counties. Comprehensive services include educational opportunities, health and nutrition, family support service and employment opportunity.
Children’s Learning Center of Fairfield County receives $3 million from State Bond Commission
STAMFORD — The State Bond Commission approved to give $3 million to the Children’s Learning Centers of Fairfield County to assist with property acquisition. The funding will also go toward replacing CLC’s Maple Avenue facility where its Head Start program is based.
Head Start and Early Head Start are federal programs administered by the Office of Head Start for families living below the federal poverty level. CLC currently serves 256 children in its Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
The underpinnings of the universal pre-K movement appeared noble: Provide youngsters with basic academic and social skills and by kindergarten those kids would be on solid footing for grade school and beyond.
STERLING – Tri-County Opportunities Council will buy Wallace Educational Center for $1. What the social service agency will do with it – aside from renovate – has not yet been decided.
For now, though, the agency will start making plans, lots of plans
Tri-County, which has leased space in the former West End elementary school for its Head Start program for more than a decade, will take ownership July 1.
WINDOW ROCK, Ariz. (AP) — A federal court on Tuesday restored $7.3 million to the Navajo Nation for its struggling Head Start program after the tribe said it was denied an opportunity to appeal a cut in federal grant funding.
STERLING – The Sterling School Board agreed Wednesday to offer Wallace Educational Center to Tri-County Opportunities Council for $1.
Terri Lawrence, Tri-County’s CEO and president, has declined to discuss in any detail the council’s interest in the property, or what it might do with it, until its board reviews the sale contract at its meeting Tuesday.
STERLING – The Sterling school board is considering offering the Wallace Educational Center to the Tri-County Opportunities Council for a buck.
Whether the Rock Falls-based social services agency, which has rented space for its Head Start program in the former Wallace Elementary School for more than a decade, would accept the offer – or what it would do with the building – remains to be seen.
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. (AP) — Navajo Nation President Russell Begaye says he'll approve funding to shore up the tribe's Head Start program after a federal judge denied a request to block a funding cut from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Tribal lawmakers passed a bill last month to divert $6.3 million from the tribe's rainy day fund to the troubled Head Start program. Begaye said Friday he'll sign off on the bill.
DeKALB – The DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project will host a banquet to support the annual effort to promote literacy by providing 50 solid oak bookcases as starter libraries for children enrolled at the Two Rivers Head Start program.
The banquet will be at 6 p.m.
March 13 in the DeKalb High School cafeteria, 501 W. Dresser Road.
Search warrant: Baby left outside in freezing weather 15 minutes after girl took car
A 14-year-old girl who was arrested last week after Fitchburg police said she stole a car in December left a 7-month-old baby alone outside for 15 minutes in freezing weather because she only wanted the car, according to a search warrant filed Wednesday.
HARLINGEN — Cash register number nine at Walmart was packed yesterday with children and their parents as they waited to ring up their new shoes and socks.
Kids fidgeted in the shopping carts as their parents double checked the size of the chosen shoes to make sure there was enough room for future growth.
Buying shoes for children that will soon outgrow them is tough.
A team of volunteers from CAP COM Federal Credit Union and the CAP COM Cares Foundation are donating their time and effort to rehabilitate two of CEO's Head Start playgrounds. The playgrounds, located in Troy and Lansingburgh, are in much need of repair and upgrades. Funding secured from the CAP COM Cares Foundation and the Head Start program will help to ensure children in the Head Start program will soon have a safe space to play.
$50M in Detroit early education aid to be announced
Detroit — National philanthropic leaders are announcing on Friday a new 10-year, $50 million framework to improve early childhood education and services in Detroit, just as the city is losing a major partner in a Head Start program by year's end.
3 plead not guilty to stealing from Blackfeet Head Start
GREAT FALLS, Mont. (AP) — Three former employees of the Blackfeet Head Start program have pleaded not guilty to charges alleging they falsified overtime claims to steal money from the federally funded program.
A federal indictment alleges acting director Ethyl Lee Grant, health manager Carol Hall Bird and custodian Allan Shane Goss were among several people who claimed more than 7,800 hours in overtime and received $232,000 in overpayments between April 2013 and July 2014.
Head Start forced to move out after asbestos discovery
IGNACIO, Colo. (AP) — A Head Start program on a southern Colorado American Indian reservation unexpectedly closed after asbestos was discovered in a crawl space, leaving about 95 families scrambling to find day care and other services for their children.
SAN BENITO — Parents who work in agriculture can enroll their children in a Head Start program specifically for them.
The Teaching and Mentoring Communities (TMC) Migrant Seasonal Head Start is now enrolling students.
Children older than 6 weeks and younger than school age are eligible to be enrolled in MSHS for free.
Parents who work in agriculture or perform agriculture related work that make up more than 50 percent of their income, qualify.
POCATELLO - Pocatello/Chubbuck Head Start program is now taking applications for the 2017-2018 school year.
Please call the office at 208-233-6606 to schedule an application appointment. Office hours are from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m.
Head Start is a high-quality preschool and family development program free to those families who meet certain income requirements. Children must be 3 or 4 on or before Sept. 1.
NEEDLES — In order for the Needles Head Start and State Preschool programs to continue the Needles Unified School District negotiated a grant with the San Bernardino County Preschool Services Department (PSD).
ROCK ISLAND, Ill. (AP) — The Rock Island-Milan (MY'-luhn) school district is receiving nearly $2.4 million to help prepare young children for school.
U.S. Rep. Cheri Bustos says the grant for the district's Head Start program is funded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It's aimed at children from low-income families.
Charity to open early childhood education center
MORRISVILLE, Vt. (AP) — A Vermont charity is planning to start construction next month on a new center to provide early childhood education and other services for poor families with help from a $500,000 federal grant.
Once a month during the school year, Mary Warfield reads a book to the 3- to 5-year-olds in the East Madison Head Start program, then gives each child their own copy with their name on a bookplate inside the front cover.
Last week at the final reading for the year, Warfield led the children in a song about books and then read “Too Tall Houses” as the children listened intently. Then each student came up to get their book.
WASHINGTON (AP) — The Early Head Start program at the Children's Home and Aid Society of Illinois is getting more than $1.1 million from the federal government.
Senators Dick Durbin and Tammy Duckworth announced the funding on Friday in Washington, D.C.
The Two Rivers Head Start program celebrated with a picnic to mark the end of their year on Thursday, May 25, 2017 at the Cortland Community Park in Cortland.
Many parents complain that they have difficulty getting their children to eat the food they prepare. Head Start, with sites in Billings, Laurel and Lockwood, has been successful in getting children to eat and enjoy food that is healthy for them for years.
POCATELLO - Pocatello/Chubbuck School District No. 25 Head Start is currently taking applications for the 2017-2018 school year.
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — A $10 million wrongful death lawsuit was filed on behalf of the family of a 3-year-old Detroit-area girl who was killed at a Head Start program when she was struck by a table that folded into a gymnasium wall.
The Archdiocese of Detroit, Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency and St. Albert the Great Church in Dearborn Heights are named in the civil suit.
School district approves amended contract from the PreSchool Services Department
NEEDLES — The Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees approved an amended PreSchool Services Department of San Bernardino contract for Needles Head Start for the current, 2016-17, school year.
Students at the University of Georgia took off from the campus in Athens this past week for their annual Spring Break from classes and midterms.
Which saw one former local athlete who has been running up and down the field for the Georgia Bulldogs come home as well and share some of his time with a group who looks up to him as the perfect role model.
NEEDLES — During the Needles Unified School District Board of Trustees meeting, on Feb. 21, an informational item was discussed regarding the Needles Head Start program.
“In January Laurie Decker, Debra Downey and myself put together a request for proposal (RFP) for Needles Head Start and we really looked into alternatives in terms of running our own programs,” said Mary McNeil, Ph. D., NUSD Superintendent.
Hermiston volunteers help young readers
PENDLETON, Ore. (AP) — It only takes one book to get hooked: That's what SMART coaches are hoping to teach kids about reading at an early age.
Joshua Nokes, a volunteer in Becky Sanchez' Head Start class of 3- to 5-year-olds at Hermiston's Victory Square center, sits down with a student and starts reading her a book about colors. She listens as he reads, enjoying his expressive rendition of the story.
Volunteers help create bookcases for the DeKalb/Sycamore Bookcase Project on Tuesday, February 7, 2017 in DeKalb. A total of 50 bookcases with children's books will be given out the first weekend in May to children in the Two Rivers Head Start program.
Authorities identify girl who died at Detroit-area school
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, Mich. (AP) — Authorities have released the name of a 3-year-old girl who died after being struck during recess by a table that folded into a gymnasium wall at a Head Start school in suburban Detroit.
Dearborn Heights police say the table fell Friday morning from the wall and on top of the girl. The Detroit Free Press and MLive.com report Monday she's been identified as Lilliana Kerr. The Wayne County Medical Examiner's Office says she died of accidental blunt-force trauma.
$4.8M for West Virginia health and social service agencies
CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia's U.S. senators say social service and health care agencies will share $4.8 million in federal funding to support Head Start programs in Raleigh County and Oceana and medical services in Roane County and other areas.
According to Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito, funds are going to MountainHeart Community Services, Roane Co. Family Health Care, Raleigh County Community Action Association and West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services.