Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Grantee Description


West Central Development Corporation (WCDC) is a Community Action Agency that directly operates Head Start programs in a 10- county area in western Iowa. The region is predominantly rural farm land, with centers located in small towns and in the city of Council Bluffs. In the 1994 fiscal year, the grantee offered Head Start services to 421 3- to 5-year-olds in three different program options. In rural areas, 126 children are served in 3.5- hour a day, 4-day a week, double session programs; in the city, 265 children are served in 4-hour a day, 4-day a week programs. All of these children are served only during the school year. Finally, in the Job Corps Center, 30 children are served 8 hours a day, 5 days a week, 240 days a year. About 97 percent of the children are white, 2 percent are Hispanic, and 1 percent are black. About 99 percent are native English speakers.