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Northern Panhandle Head Start

Serving Pregnant Women & Families With Children, Birth to Five Years Old in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall & Wetzel Counties of West Virginia.


Child care partners, Jackie Bell - NPHS EHS Manager, Marlene - NPHS Executive Director, NPHS Board Members and Mary Jo Guidi, regional rep from WV Senator Joe Manchin’s office

Jackie, Elizabeth Jurek, Policy Council VP – HS parent of 2 children, Marlene, Linda Myers, BD President

Child care partners with their respective building block (Jackie is standing in for Little Bears)

Marlene Midget, welcomes everyone to the press conference and formal announcement of the EHS Child Care Partnership Award

NEW in 2015 - EHS & Child Care Partnerships

PRESS RELEASE: January 20, 2015 - Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.

(Wheeling, WV) - On December 10, 2014 HHS’ Administration for Children and Families (ACF) announced preliminary winners for its Early Head Start- Child Care Partnerships grants.

The intent of the grant award is to improve quality of existing child care programs and expand access for families to high quality care for infants and toddlers.

Thus far, 243 preliminarily selected grant applicants in 49 states, Washington D.C., Puerto Rico and the Northern Mariana Islands will receive over $435 million funding to help offer care and services to ensure that infants and toddlers have access to Early Head Start services in their communities. As a result, it is expected that more than 30,000 additional children will be able to access Early Head Start services.

The Office of Head Start has highlighted research identifying the first three years as being critical for brain development, and Early Head Start provides high-quality early care and learning opportunities for our most vulnerable young children. These partnerships between Early Head Start and Child Care will support working families by providing a full-day, full-year program for young children.

President Obama first mentioned the Early Had Start- Child Care Partnership in the 2013 State of the Union address, when he proposed a comprehensive plan to support high quality early education for all children from birth through school age.

“Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc., is very excited/pleased to be one of only three recipients of the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants in the state of West Virginia,” states Marlene Midget, Executive Director for Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc. “This grant of $1,487,713 will offer NPHS the opportunity to enhance early care services with 5 well established local child care organizations, who provide a safe and nurturing environment for working families with very young children. This collaboration will support 72 children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old in four of the northern panhandle counties and offer our partners with resources and monies to upgrade classrooms, facilitates, increase teacher trainings and support added with early learning materials.”



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