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EOA Receives Head Start Expansion through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Fayetteville, Arkansas-September 23, 2009

arraEOA (Economic Opportunity Agency) of Washington County Head Start has been awarded arra-arAmerican Recovery & Reinvestment Act  (ARRA) funding in the amount of $112, 712 per year for the next two (2) years for the West Washington County Head Start Program in Lincoln, Arkansas.  The Head Start Program in Lincoln provides comprehensive child development services for seventeen (17) children ages 3 years – 5 years and their families.

EOA of Washington County operated a Head Start facility in Lincoln for over thirty (30) years; the facility was closed in August 2008 due to lack of significant Head Start funding increases to support competitive Teacher and Teacher Assistant wages to accommodate increased cost of living.  Families, public school officials, and elected officials initiated a public campaign to raise funds to keep the facility open.  An anonymous donor provided $100,000, another community member donated $5000, a local bank branch donated $10,000, and the City of Lincoln agreed to pay the utility costs to operate the facility.  This funding allowed Head Start services for children in West Washington County to continue through October 31, 2009.

In June 2009, EOA of Washington County Head Start submitted an application to National Head Start in Washington D.C. for funding appropriated by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009; this application was funded and services to children and families in West Washington County will continue.

The Public is invited to attend an event on Wednesday, September 30, 2009 at 10 am at the West Washington County Head Start, 901 S. Mitchell, Lincoln.  Lincoln City Judge, Larry Snodgrass, will read a Proclamation naming October as Head Start Awareness Month in Lincoln, and EOA Executive Director, Kathleen Randall, will announce the ARRA funding and plans for West Washington County Head Start.

Entertainment will be provided by the West Washington County Head Start children, and refreshments will be served afterward as attendees tour the facility and view the children’s artwork.

EOA of Washington County Head Start began as a summer program in 1966 and has a long history of providing quality, comprehensive child development services to children and families in Washington County.  The program has eight (8) facilities serving 349 children and families county-wide.  Program Director for EOA Head Start of Washington  County is Brenda Zedlitz.

For more information, contact Brenda Zedlitz at 479.521.5571 or



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