THE OAKLAND PRESS: OLHSA receives grant for Head Start preschool programs

By Anne Runkle, The Oakland Press 

Posted: 07/15/16

The Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency has received a $10.8 million grant to continue running the Early Head Start and Head Start preschool programs in the county.

The community agency is making some changes, such as offering full-day classes and home-based programs.

Through the grant, more than 900 children will attend the Head Start program for three- and four-year-olds and about 200 children will be enrolled in the Early Head Start program for pregnant women and children up to 2 years old. The grant is for five years, starting July 1, 2016.

“We are honored to have the opportunity once again to educate and serve the children of Oakland County,” said Susan Harding, OLHSA early childhood services director. “The new full-day sessions will allow us to cater to families even more, especially those who are working or have transportation challenges, but more importantly, it will provide more time with children to prepare them for school and life.”

OLHSA has 18 Head Start locations throughout the county and has been providing the program for more than 50 years. 

Head Start serves children of families who don’t have access to traditional preschool programs. The programs enhance the lives of at-risk children and their families by providing preschool education and comprehensive health, nutrition and family services.

To learn more about OLHSA’s early childhood services, please visit www.olhsa.org/earlychildhoodprograms.

Read the article on The Oakland Press website here.