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Kay Jennings, executive director of TCR Childcare Corporation, is excited to share that the long-awaited Central Head Start and Pre-K located in the west wing of the former Central High School is fully licensed and will be ready to welcome students in December.
The state-of-the-art, million dollar facility built with funds from the Office of Head Start and the Department of Early Childhood Education will serve students from 6 weeks of age to 5 years of age. The Central Head Start and Pre-K center will be directed by Jennifer Adams with two teachers who hold master’s degrees, two with bachelor’s degrees, and the other teachers hold associate’s degrees or certificates of professional coursework for early childhood education. Each of the four classrooms will be staffed by two teachers.
The Early Head Start classroom will serve students from 6 weeks of age, and the preschool classroom will serve 3-4-year-old students. The two pre-K classrooms with 4-5-year olds that are currently housed in Central Elementary School will transfer to the new facility. In addition to the four classrooms, there is a full-service kitchen, outside learning area, science lab, and family service center.
The family advocate who holds a bachelor’s degree in social work will collaborate with the director to work with families and connect them to services and resources, as well as set goals for families. Mrs. Jennings also added that she hopes to do a longitudinal study of the students served at Central Head Start to study the impact of early childhood education on the academic success of students from kindergarten through twelfth grade. To apply for enrollment in one of the classrooms please go to www.tcrchildcarecorporation.org or contact Michelle Rand at 256-362-1390.