FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
ROME, PA – Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. has been awarded funding by the Pennsylvania Department of Education Office of Child Development and Early Learning to open a Head Start classroom in Northeast Bradford Elementary School. This classroom will provide services to children and families who live in the Northeast Bradford area, and is expected to open on October 1. This classroom is in addition to the one located in Rome.
To bring this project to fruition, Northeast Bradford School District administrators have been working with Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. Executive Director Jody Thomas, and Assistant Director Wendy Swingle. “Collaborating with Head Start will surely have a positive impact on the children of our community,” said NEB Superintendent William Clark. Elementary School Principal Scott Webster added: “I am so excited to get this going and to have the Head Start children in our building.”
Thomas said she recognizes the effort it takes by all parties to get a project like this off the ground. “It takes much intentional thinking and planning to open a new classroom; we appreciate the dedication of Mr. Webster and Mr. Clark to make this all come together,” she added.
Upon enrollment, children will be screened in the areas of hearing, vision, development, speech and language; if the screening outcomes indicate any concerns, staff will help parents seek further evaluation for their child. Head Start provides education, nutrition, and health services to children, including children with special needs, ages 3 to 5 whose families meet federal guidelines. Parents are offered support with family services and setting goals for their family. Children receive breakfast and lunch, and get ready for Kindergarten – all at no cost! Children will attend the classroom 5.75 hours a day, Monday-Friday for 180 days a year. Staff, comprised of a teacher, teacher aide, classroom aide/bus monitor, and family advocate, will provide the services to 17 children. Transportation is provided as well.
Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. provides services to children and their families in 19 classrooms, and provides home-based Early Head Start services to children under the age of 3 and pregnant women.
For more information on applying for enrollment in the NEB Head Start classroom, contact Shelli O’Conner at 570-746-1807 or Caitlyn Jackson at 570-638-1400, Ext. 106.