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UC Community Partnership Awarded $200,000 Grant To Build On The Success Of Local Head Start Programs

Date: Oct. 2, 2002
By: Dawn Fuller
Phone: (513) 556-1823
Archive: General News

Thousands of Tristate children will benefit from a $200,000 grant awarded to a partnership including the University of Cincinnati and Head Start agencies in Ohio and Northern Kentucky.

The federal funding will pay for UC, the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency Head Start program, Clermont County Head Start and the Northern Kentucky Community Action Agency Head Start to work together on maximizing the effectiveness of Head Start -- the preschool program that assists low-income families. The first year award is for a four-year plan sponsored by the national Head Start Child Outcomes Research Support (CORS) Consortium.

The collaboration will research how the Head Start children are learning as well as provide professional development for Head Start teachers and staff as they work toward building on the success of student learning.

The Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency Head Start serves approximately 5,000 children and their families each year. Clermont County Head Start serves around 600 families and Northern Kentucky Head Start is funded to serve 444 families annually in Boone, Kenton, Campbell and Pendleton counties. UC's Arlitt Child and Family Research and Education Center serves 99 Head Start children a year.

Other university partnerships awarded funding were Johns Hopkins University, University of Kentucky, Brown University School of Medicine and Washington State University of Spokane.

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