2006-08-04 / Community

New Head Start Program Holds Open House

Scheduled To Open In September
By Miriam Rosenberg Contributing Editor

A fish tank in the lobby is a must stop for any child who comes into the building. Joining this little girl is Angelina Alvarez-Davies (left), the education site director and teacher Barbara Estriplet. A fish tank in the lobby is a must stop for any child who comes into the building. Joining this little girl is Angelina Alvarez-Davies (left), the education site director and teacher Barbara Estriplet. After five years of refurbishing, the new Head Start center located at 41-05 Beach Channel Drive is set to open its doors. On July 28, an open house attracted parents and children to the building.

The program can service 176 children - from the ages of 2 years 9 months to the age of 5. It has six classrooms with the ability to integrate special needs children with the regular population and has services for children diagnosed with learning disabilities.

Angelina Alvarez-Davies, the education site director, said, "We want [the children] to learn the domains of learning...how to develop in all areas...such as science, math, language development and health and physical development."

Parents of children who attend the program can take part in workshops on various topics including nutrition, parenting classes and child abuse.

The program is currently accepting registration for the fall.

During a tour of the building, parents and children visit a classroom. During a tour of the building, parents and children visit a classroom. A parent (right) gets help registering her child for the Head Start program. A parent (right) gets help registering her child for the Head Start program. Pictured is one of the six classrooms in the building. Pictured is one of the six classrooms in the building. A playground was put on the refurbished roof of the former Blanche Daycare building. A playground was put on the refurbished roof of the former Blanche Daycare building.

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