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Since it's inception in 1965, Project Head Start has served over 10 million children nationally. It was designed to help break the cycle of under-education by providing pre-school services to low income families.
Montgomery County Head Start - In 1967, Head Start services began in North Hills as a summer program. By 1972 there were 30 children. In 1975, services to children with disabilities were added. In 1977, a follow-up classroom of 15 children was funded, as well as enhancement to provide better health services. In 1978, the program expanded beyond North Hills with 155 children in 8 widely spread locations. In 1979, the summer funds were reprogrammed allowing for 30 more children. By 1980, there were 200 children and families receiving services. In 1984, the previously unserved area of the Upper Perkiomen Valley opened up 2 classrooms and a room for special needs children opened in Cheltenham. By 1985, there were 254 children in 17 classrooms and 15 kindergarteners in a follow through class.
Center based has always been the option. Through several expansion efforts, enrollment has increased to its present level of 530. One of our recent expansions was for 34 children to receive full-day full-year services in a collaborative effort with Montgomery Early Learning Centers.
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