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August 20, 2013

Community Action Partnership of North Alabama Announces Classroom Opening Date for Head Start in Fourteen Counties

Head Start to begin Sept. 6, 2013

DECATUR — Kim Dodd, Director of Children Services has announced that the first day of class for 90 Preschool Head Start Classrooms in the Partnership’s service area will be Friday, September 6. 11 Early Head Start and 16 Alabama PreK classrooms opened on August 19.

The Community Action Partnership of North Alabama, with its central office in Decatur, expanded its service area into Madison and Limestone Counties during the summer. Unfortunately, several of the areas to be served have classroom space that will need renovation or actual replacement. Classroom supplies, playground equipment and other upgrades are being made as quickly as possible to enable children to attend safe and licensed classrooms that serve the needs of children. In some locations children may be limited to a four hour day until Alabama Day Care Licensing Department  completes their review of each of the 24 newly acquired classrooms. Parents will be informed at each location to ensure the smoothest possible opening day for children. Notices have been posted regarding classroom status and each family will be notified within 7 days of their child’s classroom location and their acceptance into that classroom.

The Partnership has hired and trained classroom and support staff that will engage in the delivery of quality services and intentional instruction for the 432 children who will be served through this expansion in Madison and Limestone Counties. With this expansion the Partnership will now operate one of the largest preschool programs in the state. The Partnership also delivers results through 11 Early Head Start Classrooms and 16 State of Alabama Pre K classrooms, serving a total of 1,996 children from birth to 5 years.

For more information about Community Action Partnership of North Alabama’s Children Services Program, please contact Kim Dodd at 256-260-3156 or at kim.dodd@capna.org.

The Partnership, whose mission is to reduce or eliminate the causes and consequences of poverty in the Tennessee Valley, was founded in 1965 and primarily serves Cullman, Morgan and Lawrence Counties, although results are now delivered in 16 north Alabama counties. Through a comprehensive, results-driven model, the Partnership leverages federal, state and local funds to manage programs that assist families in becoming economically independent. The Partnership is the largest non-profit developer of affordable housing in Alabama with a portfolio of over 30 properties that provide safe, energy efficient and quality housing to over 1,500 residents.

The Partnership is also part of the national NeighborWorks® network, an affiliation of more than 230 nonprofit organizations that increase homeownership, produce affordable housing and revitalize neighborhoods in more than 4,400 communities across the nation.

 

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