Select Your County Hancock Brooke Ohio Marshall Wetzel Close Map All Counties
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.

NPHS

Agency display board surrounded by posters made by the children from Marshall and Ohio County classrooms

Ms. Fletcher was presented with posters designed by the children of the Marshall and Ohio County Head Start programs – the message depicted was that of saving the Head Start program and the importance of Early Childhood Programs for at-risk youth in our community.

Flowers brighten anyone's day!

L-R:  Virginia, Brooke and Jessi share their individual stories

Pictured L to R: Brooke Witzberger, parent - CLC 3, Jessi Ernest, Family Resource Advocate, Marlene Midget, Executive Director-NPHS, Brooke Fletcher, Field Representative - Congressman David McKinley's Office - 1st District of WV, Virginia DeWitt, grandparent - CLC2, Kate Ernest, Family Resource Advocate,, Irene Gonzalez-Murphy, parent - OP2 and OPB, and Joanna Whitlatch, parent – OPC and OP2.

News & Announcements

» Get E-mail Updates


Parents and Staff Meet with Congressman McKinley's Field Representative

PARENTS AND STAFF SHARE IMPACT OF SEQUESTER ON LOCAL PROGRAMMING

(Wheeling, WV) Head Start parents and staff met with Brooke Fletcher, Field Representative for Congressman David McKinley, 1st District of WV to provide comment of the impact the sequestration is having on local Head Start programming. “The 5.27% budgetary cuts will reduce the July 1, 2013 budget year by $270,000 and further reduce services to children and families, as well as impact the economy as staff positions are eliminated and facilities are closed,” reports Marlene Midget, Executive Director, Northern Panhandle Head Start Inc. “We were initially told to prepare our July budget with an expected reduction of 5% however just days after submitting that budget, we received official word from the Office of Head Start that the budget reductions had increased to 5.27%.” The Head Start Agency, serving the northern panhandle counties of WV and 584 infants/todders and preschoolers, released this list of reductions in program services based on the sequester outcomes: a July 1 budget reduction of $270,000, 37 less children will receive the comprehensive services offered by the Head Start preschool programming, two Head Start Centers will be closed, eight staff positions will be eliminated, the availability of bus transportation will be limited while two centers are slated to become walk-in centers, and the mental health contractual services will be reduced by 40%. Midget further added that the uncertainty of the budget planning pitfalls in the coming months include the rising costs of fuel to provide existing transportation services, increased meal costs for the children, and the expected increases in the health insurance premiums for employees. “Assuring that the children entrusted in our care are provided the best early childhood development program is a top priority of our Board of Directors and management staff,” Midget concluded. “Our fiscal integrity has been an identified strength as it relates to annual audits and federal reviews. We now face very challenging times and requested a sit down meeting with the Congressman’s Office in hopes that the stories shared by parents and staff of the successes of the program would be taken back to Washington, D.C. on behalf the youngest constituents to resolve the national budget crisis and stand on its commitment to support continued programming to our at-risk youth and their families with support for adequate funding of Head Start programs.”

Northern Panhandle Head Start Inc. program provides comprehensive, early childhood development services for income eligible families with children age’s birth-5 including services to pregnant women who reside in Hancock, Brooke, Ohio, Marshall or Wetzel Counties of West Virginia. There is no fee for the program and transportation is provided in most areas. For more information about the annual meeting or to locate a Head Start Center in your community, contact 304.233.3290 or visit the agency’s website at www.npheadstart.org.
 

#########


Pictured L to R: Brooke Witzberger, parent - CLC 3, Jessi Ernest, Family Resource Advocate, Marlene Midget, Executive Director-NPHS, Brooke Fletcher, Field Representative - Congressman David McKinley's Office - 1st District of WV, Virginia DeWitt, grandparent - CLC2, Kate Ernest, Family Resource Advocate,, Irene Gonzalez-Murphy, parent - OP2 and OPB, and Joanna Whitlatch, parent – OPC and OP2.

Ms. Fletcher was presented with posters designed by the children of the Marshall and Ohio County Head Start programs – the message depicted was that of saving the Head Start program and the importance of Early Childhood Programs for at-risk youth in our community.

© Copyright 2018, Northern Panhandle Head Start, Inc.
Web Site by Technology Services Group, Inc.