Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . History of the Full-Day Program


MVCDC operated a full-day program for some of its Head Start children in the early 1970s, but the director reported that the agency gave up this option under pressure from the Regional Office to serve all children in double sessions. The recent program of full-day, part-year Head Start services began in 1987- 88, when grantee staff successfully argued that about 150 of their parents had opportunities for grants for schooling that they could not take advantage of unless they could find full-day subsidized child care. These services have expanded to more families, as recent expansion grants have permitted the agency to increase its enrollment and set of services.

Start-up funding to allow for the provision of full-day services for infants and toddlers was generated in 1989 by a $40,000 grant from the Ohio Department of Development to renovate one facility in a public housing project (Hilltop). This building opened for services in February 1991. In July 1992 the agency was awarded a $50,000 Child Development Block Grant from the Ohio Department of Development to create an additional room for full-day services to infants and toddlers (Central United Methodist Church). It opened in April 1993. Finally, in October 1992 the agency received funding from HUD/HHS to renovate a facility in a second housing project (Parkside) and enhance services at the first facility. Parkside was opened for children in June 1994.