Congresswoman Corrine Brown is proud to announce that all 24 Head Start facilities in Jacksonville will be re-opening this Wednesday, May 22nd. After a news conference this morning to announce that 16 of the 24 facilities would be re-opening, several agencies and key elected officials continued to have conversations to see what could be done to help all of the children attending the Head Start programs. The result is an agreement wherein all 24 facilities will again be open to children on Wednesday.
"What parents need to know is that it will be business as usual at these facilities. All children who were attending a Head Start facility will be able to attend the same Head Start facility starting this Wednesday," said Congresswoman Corrine Brown. "It was important for all of the agencies and officials involved in these discussions to help all of the children who have been attending the Head Start programs. We wanted to make sure that every child could go to the same facility that they have been attending," the Congresswoman continued.
About 1,500 children attend the Head Start programs in Jacksonville and will benefit from this decision, which was ultimately made by the Head Start program in Washington, D.C.
The re-opening of these facilities is due to the collaboration of several key agencies and officials, including Congresswoman Corrine Brown, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson, Isaiah Rumlin, the President of the Jacksonville NAACP, the Early Learning Coalition, Hon. Paula Wright of the Duval County Public Schools, and former State Senator Tony Hill, representing Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, the Florida Department of Children and Families, the Jacksonville area Ministers, the Reverend RL Gundy, Pastor of Mount Sinai Missionary Baptist Church and President of the Florida chapter of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), Mr. Warren Jones and the entire Jacksonville City Council, as well Mr. George Shelton, the Acting Assistant Secretary for the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and Mr. David Abramowitz, NE Florida Department of Children and Families Regional Director.
"Once the facilities re-open this Wednesday, they will stay open until June 7, which is the original end date for the school year. Moreover, all of the furloughed Head Start teachers will be re-instated, and up to 100 additional substitute teachers will be added to assist during the three week period. This is without a doubt a huge win for the children of Jacksonville and their families," exclaimed the Congresswoman!"