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2 Heartland communities to receive nearly $1M each for early childhood education

MISSOURI (KFVS) -

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced that nearly $3 million in grant money is going toward early childhood educations projects in the state.

Some of that money is going to the Heartland.

The city of Hayti will be awarded $999,924 to assist the Delta Area Economic Opportunity Corporation, in cooperation with the National Head Start Association, to build a new Hayti Head Start/Early Head Start Center.

The center will serve up to 91 children from low-income families who live in or near Hayti. Currently, there is no Head Start program in Hayti and only one licensed child care center. This new facility will provide early childhood education in an underserved population while creating up to 19 jobs.

The city of Senath will also be awarded $999,924 in order to develop a Head Start/Early Head Start Center to serve an additional 40 children from low income families.

Currently, there are no Early Head Start facilities in Dunklin County and only two licensed childcare providers in Senath.

The nearest Early Head Start center is in Arbyrd. However, the 63-year-old Arbyrd facility can no longer accommodate the needs of the community. The 68 children served at the Arbyrd location, most of which are from Senath, will continue to receive care at the new facility upon its completion, bringing the total number of children served at the new Head Start/Early Head Start Center in Senath to 108.

In addition to the Heartland communities, the city of Sedalia will also receive $999,505 to assist the Missouri Valley Community Action Agency to build a new 9,872 sq. ft. building on land donated by the city for the purpose of relocating the Sedalia Head Start program. The new facility will serve 115 children, meet ADA standards and border Hubbard Park.

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