The Head Start and Early Head Start programs of Long Beach Unified School District recently received a $1.1 million grant from federal economic stimulus act funds.
LBUSD’s highly regarded program for preschoolers, toddlers, infants and pregnant women will use the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to purchase classroom equipment to improve learning environments, such as area rugs, tables, chairs and cubbies, and to buy instructional materials to support its language and literacy component and its early math and early science efforts. The grant also provides for professional development and training for teachers and a one-time cost of living adjustment.
Head Start Director Linda James Perry noted that, in keeping with the requirements of the stimulus act, all funds must be used by September 2010. Purchases will begin by the end of July.
Long Beach Head Start is considered a national leader. In 2006, Long Beach Head Start earned high honors by meeting or exceeding more than 900 compliance items during an independent and exhaustive review. In 2007, James Perry was named Administrator of the Year by the California Head Start Association.
Head Start is a comprehensive early childhood program established nationally in 1965 to alleviate the effects of poverty on preschool children and their families. Long Beach Head Start serves about 2,100 students at 23 sites.