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TPS gets federal funding to run Head Start

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Millions of dollars are heading to Lucas county to fund Head Start.

Local leaders in D. C. announced that Toledo Public Schools and Brightside Academy will take the reins of the early childhood education program.

It's a total of $13 million in federal funding.

For months, Head Start has been searching for a new provider, now two have been named.

Here's how the funds break down: $8 million will go to TPS.

The other $5 million will be allocated to Brighside, then another $1.6 million will be set aside to get the program up and running.

That's a total of more than $14.5 million for Lucas county kids.

"Head Start is definitely important," Tonielle Barton, a local parent said.  "The learn social skills, how to sit in a classroom, they need that going into kindergarten."

The federal dollars will also help the county launch "Early Head Start;" a program for kids from newborns to three years old.

It's a first in the area.

"That's a real plus," Lakisha Gator, a local parent said.  "They should have had that when my kids were going through [Head Start]."

Congresswoman Marcy Kaptur calls the move important.

In a statement, she tells 13abc, "Children will be afforded better preparation for success in their educational endeavors.  Early learning will be transformational for our community as we strive to instill a culture of learning where every child matters."

Toledo Public Schools says it has not received official confirmation from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services whether the district has been awarded the money or whether its set to take over.

Last week, 280 Head Start employees got pink slips because a new provider hadn't beenchosend.

There is opportunities for some to get their jobs back, but the re-hires will be up to TPS and Brightside.





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