"We always look forward to the beginning of the new year," said
Sarah Puls, Head Start director. "Our staff completed a successful
pre-service training on Aug. 15 and 17, and our last set of bus
drivers just finished their training Aug. 30. We are excited for a
new school year, and I can tell the staff has enjoyed the arrival of
Head Start provides an opportunity for children to develop
socially, cognitively and emotionally with age-appropriate
activities and materials. To meet the physical needs of the growing
children, all medical information is reviewed and nutritious meals
are served daily. Screening assessments are completed:
developmental, medical, dental, hearing, vision and speech. Required
referrals are made when deemed necessary. Educational assessments
are conducted to develop individualized programs for the enrolled
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The CIEDC staff operates 15 Head Start centers throughout the
service area, with 338 children enrolled.
Applications for the Head Start program are accepted all year.
For application materials, contact enrollment specialist Carla
Bagwell at 217-732-2159, ext. 250.
CIEDC, a Community Action
agency, serves six counties throughout central Illinois. Logan,
Mason, Menard, Fulton, Piatt and DeWitt counties all have outreach
offices and Head Start centers. CIEDC oversees the Head Start
program from the corporate office in Lincoln.
[Central Illinois Economic Development
Corp. news release]