CANI Head Start: Now enrolling for fall 2010


Press release from CANI:

CANI Head Start: Now enrolling for fall 2010

CANI Head Start has slots available for Fall 2010. CANI Head Start is a free, comprehensive development program. It meets educational, health, nutritional, and social service needs of low-income preschool children, ages 3 to 5, and their families in Allen, Noble, and Whitley counties.

The program currently has a total of 703 slots, with about half of them available to new children.  To qualify, families must be at 100 percent of the Federal Poverty Guidelines, with an exception that 10 percent may be enrolled who are considered over-income. Usually these slots are held by children with a diagnosed special need.

Head Start helps families because children receive a quality preschool education and screening for vision, dental, hearing and cognitive abilities. When there is a suspected concern the children are referred and receive services from other agencies.  Parents are strongly encouraged to participate in the program, thus gaining knowledge of good early childhood education practices. Family Advocates work with the family based on their individual needs whether that be better housing, a GED or college education, childcare vouchers, help with budgeting or mental health concerns.

Families can enroll at the following CANI Head Start sites:

  • Hanna Creighton: 2107 Hanna in Fort Wayne, (260) 456-1576;
  • Grace St. John’s Church: 4120 Webster St. in Fort Wayne, (260) 969-3289.;
  • Ivy Tech Community College Northeast: 4900 Saint Joe Road. in Fort Wayne, (260) 480-4122;
  • Salvation Army: 2901 N. Clinton St. in Fort Wayne, (260) 373-1760;
  • St. Henry’s, 2929 E. Paulding Road in Fort Wayne, (260) 969-0212 and
  • Temple Achduth Vesholom, 5200 Old Mill Road in Fort Wayne, (260) 745-5001
  • First Presbyterian Church: 201 S. State St. in Kendallville, (260) 349-9092;
  • Ligonier United Methodist Church, 466 Townline Road in Ligonier, (260) 894-7431;
  • Marshall Community Center: 107 N. Walnut St. in Columbia City, (260) 244-2737

For more information about Head Start, contact the CANI Head Start Administration Office, (260) 420-2833 or (800) 589-3506.

CANI helps communities, families, and individuals remove the causes and conditions of poverty. For more information about CANI and the services provided, visit the Web site

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