FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 18, 2010

Media Contact:
Michelle D. Bowen
518-463-3175 ext 101
mbowen@albanycap.org

Head Start Enrollment Open in Albany County

Albany, NY - 8/18/10 - Parents and guardians of income-eligible Albany County children, ages three to four, are encouraged to enroll their children in Albany Community Action Partnership’s Head Start program. Children with special needs are welcome and receive special services as part of the daily curriculum.

ACAP Head Start is a free program for children of families with low-incomes, providing comprehensive preschool education in both center-based and home-based settings. Head Start helps ensure children's readiness for school and increases parental knowledge about children's growth and development.

“Head Start provides children with quality pre-K education, in addition to health, dental, and nutritional services,” said ACAP Director of Early Childhood Education Terry Kimball. “Our mission is to help to prepare young children for success in school and life.”

The program also provides additional family supports such as literacy workshops and parenting skills trainings as well as auxiliary services through ACAP’s other program offerings, including career services, emergency food and home heating assistance.

“There are Head Start openings in the city of Albany, Cohoes, Watervliet, Colonie, Ravena and Berne,” said Kimball. “We are also looking to expand our home-based program in certain areas.”

Limited transportation and after-school child care options are available for some youngsters. The program eligibility is determined by several factors, including income and age. Children who are currently homeless or in foster care, and families receiving TANF public assistance funds are automatically eligible to participate in Head Start.

For more information, or to enroll a child in the Head Start center-based or home-based programs, parents/guardians may call ACAP administrative office at 518.463.3175 or go online at www.albanycap.org.

About Albany Community Action Partnership (ACAP)
Albany Community Action Partnership, started in 1966, is an organization that works in partnership with families and communities to empower people to achieve economic self-sufficiency and an improved quality of life. In addition to Head Start and Child Care programs,
ACAP currently runs 14 programs and services in 17 locations around Albany County. Visit www.albanycap.org to learn more.

About Head Start
Created in 1965, Head Start is the most successful, longest-running, national school readiness program in the United States. It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families. More than 22 million pre-school aged children have benefited from Head Start.

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