DCS Head Start gets Preschool funding for next 5 years

(WTVY News 4)
Published: Jul. 16, 2020 at 3:04 PM CDT
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - The Dothan City Board of Education has received funding for its Head Start Preschool Program for the next five years in the amount of $2,554,126 per year. 

The funds will support 324 children ages three to four years old in the Dothan City and Houston County School Districts.  Head Start plays a crucial role in providing the necessary resources to help high-risk preschoolers and their families. Through this program, students and families are provided with the tools they need to help them reach their full potential. 

Dothan City Schools Board of Education has provided Head Start to Houston County families for the past 40 years. Originally funded in 1980, Head Start promotes school readiness for young children from low-income families through partnerships with the local community.  Head Start provides child development and school readiness services; it also includes health, mental health, nutrition, and social services. 

The Dothan City Schools Head Start program represents a critical investment in our children's education in Dothan City and Houston County Schools.  These funds will continue to ensure children and their families continue to have tools they need to succeed in school and beyond. 

Dothan City Schools recognizes that quality early learning opportunities serve as a game-changer for our children as they transition to kindergarten and throughout their lifetime. 

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