The Early Head Start program at Pathfinder Kids Kampus, in Huntington, has been scaled back, but that does not mean it has gone away, says an administrator.
Lee An Berry, the new Early Head Start (EHS) assistant director and educational services coordinator, explains that reductions to the program were prompted at the national level, as it is funded federally.
The Early Head Start program strives to promote healthy outcomes for pregnant women, enhance the development of very young children and promote healthy family functioning for no charge to families that qualify financially.
"Basically what's going on with Early Head Start across the nation right now is, it's called a sequestration," Berry says. "The government has taken away some of our funding. So, it's not just our Early Head Start program that has lost funding - it's nationwide at this point."
One of the biggest changes to Kids Kampus' EHS program has been the reduction of its child care program for children ages 6 weeks to 3 years old from five full days a week to one full day on Mondays.
The program's enrollees also have the option of participating in two half-day sessions a week.
Another change has been the slash of the program's enrollment ceiling from 76 to 72.
Despite the drop, Berry says the program still has room for more applicants.
Berry notes that applicants must provide their child's birth certificate, shot records and current income information for the past year during the application process.
Representatives from the program will be at the Huntington Walmart, located at 2800 Walmart Drive, on Oct. 4, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., to provide information about the program and take applications.
To contact Kids Kampus about the EHS program, call 356-0123. Kids Campus is located at 435 Campus St., Huntington.