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July 17, 2014

Early Head Start registration slower than expected

ANDERSON, Ind. — Registration of families for Early Head Start programming with the new provider, Transition Resources Corp., is going slower than expected, according to an official with the company.

"We haven't had the response we had hoped," said Kay Gordon, state Head Start director for TRC on Thursday.

Letters have been sent to families who participated in the program by TRC and former provider, Hopewell Center. Gordon and her staff are now trying to make contact with them by telephone.

Hopewell Center lost the grant to run the federally-funded child development program for low-income families in May.

A three-week delay ensued before program managers at the regional Office of Head Start in Chicago notified TRC it would be the new grantee, which caused anxiety and confusion among participating families.

Since then, however, Gordon said she has hired several of teachers who worked for the Hopewell program to round out an additional staff of 12 who will be needed to serve the expected 101 children from birth through age 3 and their families.

Gordon said the federal grant is broken down into three parts: a base grant of $693,158; a supplemental grant of $283,545 to assist 45 additional children for one year; and slightly more than $93,000 in start-up funds.

The company is scheduled to begin in-home services for eligible children Aug. 1.

Center-based programs at TRC's Head Start campus in the former New Hope United Methodist Church at 812 W. 13th St. are not scheduled to begin until sometime in October.

The reason is that to teach additional children at the campus, a modular classroom must be approved by city zoning officials and located and outfitted on the property.

To register for Early Head Start programs and services contact TRC at (765) 549-9905 and make an appointment.

If you have transportation problems, members of the TRC staff will make home visits to make an assessment and fill out the appropriate forms.

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