DETROIT – (August 1, 2019) – Wayne Metro Community Action Agency announced today that is has been awarded $6.2 million in funding for five new Head Start sites in Wayne County from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start. Dearborn, Dearborn Heights, Garden City, Taylor, Wayne, and Westland are among the communities where Wayne Metro will expand its Head Start footprint. The organization will now oversee or manage 14 Head Start sites with total enrollment of 1,072 children, effective September 2019.
The new contract includes funding for the Early Head Start (birth to Age 3) and Head Start (Ages 3 – 5) programs. Head Start is the federal program focused on promoting school readiness of children under the age of 5 from low-income families through education, health and social services.
The Wayne-Westland school district will operate delegate sites and Wayne Metro will maintain administrative and financial oversight of Head Start programs within those programs. Wayne Metro has been providing early childhood education to low-income families via Head Start education for nearly 20 years.
“Wayne Metro is focused on serving the whole family. The expansion of our Head Start program provides the opportunity to deliver critical early childhood education and support services to more families in Wayne County, fostering pathways to empowerment across generations,” said Louis D. Piszker, CEO, Wayne Metro Community Action Agency. “For two decades, Wayne Metro has honed a Head Start model of quality that focuses on educating children and supporting families. We are encouraged that the Office of Head Start has acknowledged our track record of success in this way.”
Wayne Metro is actively hiring to fill early childhood educator positions within existing and new Head Start locations. To address the growing need for educators, Wayne Metro created the LEAP To Teach apprenticeship program wherein participants earn credits and income to obtain a Child Development Associate (CDA) credential.
About Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
For nearly 50 years, Wayne Metro has provided economic independence programs that nurture families and build communities. That includes Head Start and after school programs, housing and utility assistance and community development projects. For more information, visit www.waynemetro.org or follow Wayne Metro on Facebook (@waynemetro), Twitter (@WayneMetroCAA) or Instagram (@waynemetro).