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Annapolis Head Start Expanding And On The Move To Edgewater

Early Head Start announces a new Edgewater location with additional classrooms, more teachers and the opportunity for more local families to access services.

“The new center will accommodate the upcoming expansion of our Early Head Start services”, stated Charlestine R. Fairley, CEO of the Community Action Agency. “We are very pleased that we will be able to offer quality full-time early childhood education and child care services to all of our families after the move. This will greatly benefit working parents who are in need of child care”.

Early Head Start programs provide intensive comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants and toddlers and their families, all at no cost to the families. The new center will support working parents meeting financial eligibility requirements. All families with infants and toddlers are able to apply. Enrollment is based on eligibility criteria ranking. Infants and toddlers living in foster care or who are homeless are automatically eligible. Children with documented disabilities or with primary caregivers under the age of 19 or over 55 also meet eligibility criteria. Special scholarships are available to provide up to ten hours of child care per day, Monday through Friday.

The new center will increase the number of classrooms from two to seven, and staffing will be increased by a minimum of nine new teachers. The center will maintain the ratio of three infants per teacher, and four toddlers per teacher.  Breakfast, lunch, and two snacks will be served daily. “We’re excited to be moving to a new center and to provide early childhood education to our little ones daily. Daily programs enhance child development greatly”, says Margaret Jarboe, Director of Early Head Start.

Not only will infants and toddlers benefit from the expansion, parents and guardians will have access to other services available through the Community Action Agency. This includes health and nutrition services, ESL classes, Anne Arundel Literacy Council tutors for GED preparation, limited food bank services, parent leadership and advocacy opportunities.

The Community Action Agency of Anne Arundel County’s Early Head Start Center, currently located in Shady Side, is scheduled to move to 135 Stepneys Lane, Edgewater during Spring 2020. Enrollment Day is taking place on Friday, March 27 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. at the Edgewater Library, located at 25 Stepney’s Lane in Edgewater. Parents/guardians can pre-enroll their children aged 0-3 years of age at that time. For more information, please contact Peg Jarboe at 410-867-8945 or email pjarboe@aaccaa.org.

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