12/17/2013 4:33 PM
by Rachael Cardin
RALEIGH COUNTY - A community Preschool program received its 2014 government funding, amounting to $1.1 million dollars.
The Raleigh County Head Start Program bases it's education on preschool children ages 3-5. 340 children in Raleigh County, coming from low income homes, are enrolled in the program to prepare them for future schooling.
Executive Director of Head Start, Bobbi Thomas-Bailey, said the total amount they will receive from the government is over $2 million dollars to be distributed to the 3 Head Start centers in Raleigh County. Most of the funding goes to staffing and transportation alone, but organizers said they are glad no children will be turned away this year.
Thomas- Bailey said, "we do have a lot of low income children in this area and Preschool is very important; quality Preschool especially for children, particularly low income children, so that they can be on a level playing field with everybody else when it comes to education. Last year we lost over $100,000 in funding and had to cut 40 children off of our Head Start roles during sequestration. So we're thrilled that 2014 is starting off at least at level funding so that we can continue to provide these services to these children."
Staff members said they are always accepting applications for children to be enrolled in the Head Start Preschool program.