Head Start School Year Extended

posted 4/18/21 -- LCCAA Head Start will extend its school year to June 10 to provide additional instruction.

“It’s so important for these children, especially those transitioning to kindergarten this fall, to get as much classroom instruction as we can give them,” said Head Start Director Shauna Matelski, Ed.D.

LCCAA Head Start began the year with smaller classes and in person learning while offering a virtual option as well. In mid-November, most centers closed in favor of virtual learning due to increasing COVID-19 cases. Students returned two days a week in March with virtual learning continuing on the other two days.

Last week, classes increased from 8 to 12 students and days of instruction went up to four.

“Having more children in our centers makes it feel like the pandemic will soon be behind us,” Matelski said. “Our staff has been incredibly creative in staying engaged with our families. In person learning is what we all want and what these children need.”

Parents will be contacted by their family service workers regarding the extension, which is optional for families. Some LCCAA centers will close slightly earlier. See your specific center for full details on days and times. Information about bridging ceremonies and other end of year activities will be announced soon.