NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WECT) - New Hanover County Schools has been awarded a $1.8 million grant to manage New Hanover County's Head Start program.
Under the grant provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, NHCS will provide services to 260 economically disadvantaged children at the Dorothy B. Johnson Pre-Kindergarten Center.
"This is a major accomplishment for our district and it shows our commitment to offering a high-quality early education program that positively impacts the children of this community," said Superintendent Dr. Tim Markley. "It is our priority to give our students the best possible start in life by preparing them for success in elementary school and beyond."
The Head Start program was previously operated by New Hanover County Community Action, Inc. and subsequently by the federally contracted transition agency Community Development Institute. The district will provide an additional $464,025 in-kind contribution to support the program.
"We are eager to begin work with the Head Start Program. NHCS has significant experience in managing pre-kindergarten programs and providing services to children and families," Dr. Markley added. "We look forward to working with community leaders and community partners to ensure the children and families who use these services are the real beneficiaries."
The program aims to serve low-income families with 3 and 4 year old children who reside in New Hanover County.
NHCS plans to have the program fully operational by June 1, 2014 and will work closely with the Community Development Institute to ensure a smooth transition for the children and families being served.