Thanks to a partnership between Scioto County Board of Developmental Disabilities (SCBDD) and the Community Action Organization (CAO), local children enrolled in two classes at Head Start are at Carousel.
“We are very pleased that the Scioto County Community Action Organization Head Start program is utilizing the space at the Carousel Center,” said SCBDD Superintendent Julie Monroe. “The space became available when we discontinued our own preschool program in 2016 due to decreased referrals. It is a very nice facility that has been well maintained, and now every inch of it is being utilized to benefit the citizens of Scioto County.”
The Scioto County Board of DD continues to operate its Intake & Referral and Early Childhood departments out of the building, and leases space to A Children’s Place Day Care, SpectrumCare, CRADLE Crisis Pregnancy Center, the CAO Dental Clinic, Mays’ Speech Services, and two CAO Head Start classrooms.
It’s a timely partnership. Head Start has recently undergone an expansion, adding two new classes at the former Highland Elementary School and one new class at Wayne Hills, along with the two classes at Carousel. The children now located at Carousel would have previously been served at Highland.
“It was the perfect time to do outreach to see if Head Start would be interested” in the space at Carousel, said SCBDD Director of Early Childhood Services Tammy Nelson. “We believe holistically in Head Start and what they do.”
Working with Carousel staff in facilities owned by SCBDD has offered numerous opportunities that affect children directly. There are smaller class sizes in those offered at Carousel, but Teacher Administrator Lindsay Pierce says: “You can have more one-on-one time with the kids.”
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