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Head Start services to continue uninterrupted

The City of San Antonio affirms its commitment to ensure that all 6,789 children will continue receiving Head Start Services without interruption. In order to prepare parents for this change, the City and its Head Start partners will host informational meetings at Head Start Centers and other locations throughout the community, beginning the week of April 13 through the summer.

Parent/Child, Inc. (PCI) will provide Head Start services through July 31, 2009. Effective August 1, 2009, PCI will no longer provide Head Start services for Bexar County.

Beginning on August 24, Edgewood ISD, San Antonio ISD, AVANCE, and Region 20 Education Service Center, will begin providing new and higher quality Head Start services led by certified, bachelor-degreed early childhood education teachers.

“The City and our partners will ensure that all 6,789 Head Start students and their parents receive these new services as prescribed by federal Head Start regulations. We are changing education providers to meet the federal Head Start standards and offer a higher quality of education to our children,” Community Initiatives Director Dennis Campa said.
 
Currently enrolled children will be automatically eligible for next year’s Head Start Program. Parents of currently enrolled children will receive enrollment information for the new program year by May 1. Community meetings have also been scheduled to discuss changes to the Head Start Program and answer parents’ questions about the new agencies and centers that will provide services.

The City and its new partners will recruit and retain the most qualified PCI employees in the program. All PCI employees have been receiving employment assistance through Workforce Solutions Alamo (WSA).

For more information and updates on Head Start, families may call (210) 207-7851 or visit Head Start’s website: www.saheadstart.org.