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The Tallmadge City School District and Akron Summit Community Action Inc. have entered into a five-year lease agreement for a wing of the David Bacon School, located at 181 Strecker Drive, to provide Head Start services. The agreement helps to realize an effort to turn the David Bacon facility into an early learning center serving preschool-aged children through the Akron Summit Community Action Inc. Head Start Program.
"We are pleased to be in partnership with Tallmadge School District to expand Head Start services in Tallmadge including addressing children with special needs," said Malcolm J. Costa, president and CEO-Akron Summit Community Action Inc. "This is an excellent opportunity to collaborate with Tallmadge and other school districts to meet the Head Start Goals: Ready children, ready schools and ready communities."
The Head Start Program is a family-centered child development program promoting school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of low-income children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to low-income enrolled children and their families. The program provides high-quality early childhood education in age-appropriate, nurturing and secure center-based infant, toddler and pre-school learning environments.
"Exposure to an early learning environment will help our younger students succeed once they enter Tallmadge City Schools," said Superintendent Jeff Ferguson. "Over the past few years, we have been working with local preschools to help them prepare children for kindergarten. We are excited Akron Summit Community Action, Inc. Head Start will be on one of our school sites and look forward to partnering with the program to help kids get ready for elementary school."
With the addition of Akron Summit Community Action Inc. Head Start, the David Bacon School will serve more than 200 students per day, allowing the district to continue its practice of efficiently using the spaces it currently has.
"We see this as an opportunity for Tallmadge City Schools," said Rick Kellar, Tallmadge Board of Education president. "We are helping our youngest citizens to get ready for school, and this addition to the district will increase its overall value to our community."
The Summit County Education Service Center (ESC) and Six-District Educational Compact will continue to operate programs at David Bacon. The ESC operates both a preschool and the "Opportunity School," which helps high school students from several local high schools stay on track to graduation. The Six-District Educational Compact also operates a vocational program at David Bacon for high school students who are interested in a career in daycare or preschool services.
"This collaboration is a great opportunity to have a location in the Tallmadge community that will strengthen service delivery to eligible families with younger children. We are looking forward to the future helping parents engage in their children's learning and school readiness," said Allyson V. Lee, Head Start director.
For more information about the Tallmadge City School District, visit www.tallmadgeschools.org.
For more information about Akron Summit Community Action Inc. visit www.ascainc.org.