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Family Services President and CEO Bob Feikema with 3-year-old students at the Sarah Y. Austin Head Start Center. (photo by Erin Mizelle for The Chronicle)

Family Services, the nonprofit that administers the Head Start program in Forsyth County within its Child Development division, announced Tuesday, April 7, that it has received $2.2 million in federal funding that will bring the Early Head Start program to Forsyth County in September. The initial grant period for Forsyth County is for three years, and is open for renewal.

Early Head Start (EHS) will operate year-round and serve low-income families with children from birth to 36 months of age, providing critical education and development services. EHS will serve 120 infants and toddlers and their families.

Family Services will pilot a new model for Early Head Start that requires collaboration among community childcare providers to deliver the program. This model is intended to strengthen the community’s system of early childhood development programs. 
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