USD Head Start celebrates 25 years

USD Head Start celebrates 25 years USD Head Start celebrated 25 years of services in southeastern South Dakota this summer with a picnic at Prentis Park followed by a balloon launch.

Two hundred people including past and present staff, parents and children, members of area communities, USD Grantee Board members, past and present as well as two individuals from the Department of Health and Human Services Office in Denver enjoyed this wonderful event honoring the Head Start program.

The first USD Head Start Grant was submitted by School of Education early childhood professor Dr. Loraine Webster and Assistant Dean of the School of Education Dr. Ray Schroeder in 1978.

Dr. Charles was the president of the university. The grant funding opened two centers, one in Elk Point and one in Vermillion. The program would serve 60 children.

The USD Early Head Start/Head Start program has grown considerably. The USD Head Start program presently serves 170 children in Clay, Turner, Lincoln and Union Counties.

Home base and center base options are available throughout the counties served. Many centers are a part of integrated classroom in public school systems.

In the spring of 2000, USD was awarded funding for expansion of an Early Head Start program which serves 55 expectant parents, infants and toddlers throughout these same counties.

For more information about the Early Head Start/Head Start program, call 677-5235, or 1-800-813-8132.

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