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      TPS Head Start awarded nearly $5M in funding from state

      <font size="2">The state of Ohio has announced nearly $5 million in funding for Head Start.</font>

      Less than one week after it was announced that 280 Lucas County Head Start employees would lose their jobs, the state of Ohio has announced nearly $5 million in funding for the program.

      U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) said Tuesday that $4,975,839 in new federal funds has been given to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs run by Toledo Public Schools.

      "This is excellent news for Lucas County families and their children," Brown said. "Head Start and Early Head Start ensure that children have the skills they need to succeed in elementary school and beyond."

      On June 5, officials with Community Development Institute Head Start, the organization that provides Head Start services in Lucas County, announced they will cut 280 jobs as it ends its service. Teachers aides, bus drivesr, cooks, and other positions will be cut this summer.

      The state funding awards Toledo Public Schools as the program's new provider.

      Head Start is a federal program that provides young children from low-income families with programming to prepare them for school. Early Head Start focuses on children ages birth to three. These programs, including health, nutrition, and social services, are designed to ensure their healthy cognitive, social, and emotional development.

      The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.