On Tuesday, November 1, 2022, Caroline County Public Schools assumed the role of official grantee for the Caroline County Head Start preschool program. Superintendent Calveric shared, “Over the past 60 days, our CCPS team has collaborated with the interim grantee organization (CDI) to plan and execute a successful transition with minimal disruption to students, staff, and Head Start families. We are elated to expand access to our littlest learners, provide high quality instruction, further engage families, and develop a single point of enrollment for our community.”
The Head Start grant offers Caroline County Public Schools the opportunity to merge the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI), Title I preschool, Early Childhood Special Education (ECSE) and Head Start classrooms under one unified delivery model. Director of Federal Programs, Andrea Ross, outlined additional countywide benefits such as increasing “seat capacity” by 95 student slots and the ability to expand services for three year old children.
Working in tandem with the Virginia Department of Education, Jenna Conway, Deputy Superintendent of Early Childhood Care and Education noted, “We are excited to support Caroline County as they fully integrate Head Start into their early childhood programming. Adding Head Start enables Caroline County Schools to serve their most vulnerable children and families as early as age three and helps ensure that all their children start kindergarten ready and transition seamlessly into school.”
For more information on preschool enrollment, please contact the Office of Federal Programs at 804-633-5088.