Feb. 4, 2019
Head Start Highlighted on NBC Nightly News
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — When federal officials inspected this city’s Head Start program five years ago, they found moldy classrooms, exposed wires, leaking sewage, a sagging roof and trash-strewn playgrounds littered with safety hazards. A teacher had jerked a student so hard she dislocated the girl’s shoulder.
Now run by Lutheran Services Florida, Jacksonville’s Head Start program has cleaner classrooms, more teachers with college degrees, a full-time teaching coach and rising scores on the federal government’s main yardstick of classroom quality. Once in the lowest 10 percent nationwide, Jacksonville now has scores that approach the national average.
Dec. 12, 2018
Aug. 24, 2018
Head Start Reduces Likelihood of Adult Poverty
One of the United States’ most successful anti-poverty measures starts very early in life: Head Start, a preschool program for disadvantaged kids, increased children’s education and significantly reduced the likelihood of adult poverty, according to a University of Michigan study.
Senate Passes $250 Million Increase for Head Start
The U.S. Senate passed its Fiscal Year 2019 funding package for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and related agencies. The bill includes a $250 million increase for Head Start in order to meet the rising costs of high-quality services for our nation’s most vulnerable children and their families.
August 15, 2018
Napa Valley Vintners Awards $2.5 Million to Children’s Education in Napa County
The Napa Valley Vintners (NVV) trade association announced $2.5 million in grant funding for children’s education in Napa County, including $200,000 for Child Start. Helping children enter kindergarten ready to learn, supporting students in achieving academic goals and assisting young people in developing healthy behaviors are just a few of the ways in which this round of donations from the NVV will help Napa County youth thrive in school and in life.
May and June of 2010
Opened Menlo 4, Setterquist, and Fairmont Early Head Start sites.
Child Start awarded American Resource and Recovery Act (ARRA) funding to open three new Full Day Full Year Early Head Start centers in Napa, Vallejo, and Fairfield.
Fully implemented EHS with Therapeutic Child Care Center, Black Infant Health, Child Haven, and Healthy Moms and Babies
First PRISM evaluation by ACF, awarded exemplary status
Awarded grants to operate Raising A Reader in Napa and Solano Counties
Awarded $800,000 competitive grant to operate Early Head Start for Napa and Solano Counties
Child Start Inc. awarded grant to operate Head Start for Napa and Solano Counties
Awarded grants to Early Childhood Education Career Development
Opened consolidated Administrative Offices at 439 Devlin Rd. Napa
Established CSI as 501c3
Incorporated as Child Start Inc.
Initiated Interest-Based Negotiations to become single purpose agency
Opened operations in 14 new Solano sites, filled 111 staff positions
Awarded $3 million grant to operate Solano Head Start Program
Awarded 6 competitive expansion grants, opened one new HS center each year