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April 13, 2011

District Adds 20 Early Learning Centers

Early Head Start programsOn April 18, 2011, Charleston County School District’s (CCSD) Office of Early Childhood Education announced two federal grants totaling $6.5 million dollars.

These grant awards will be used to close the preparation gap and raise student achievement among low income children in Charleston County. CCSD will add approximately 20 Early Learning Centers to the current roster of school district facilities. The goal is to transition all Head Start and Early Head Start Programs into neighboring elementary schools over the next five years.

Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. This federally funded program is child-focused with an overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.  In addition, Head Start has a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development in low income children and build self-sufficiency for families.

With these funds, CCSD will provide a range of individualized services in education and early childhood development. Additional services and supports will be provided in the medical, dental, mental health, nutrition and parental involvement areas.

For more information about CCSD Head Start and Early Head Start Programs, please contact Dr. Lerah Lee at the Office of Early Childhood Education at 762-5386.

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