Head Start for Wright County making progress on new building

This photo shows the new playground recently installed behind the new Head Start Educational Center. The center will be taking applications on June 25 at the public library in preparation for a Fall opening. They will be taking three-year-old children, with four-year-olds also welcome if their parents qualify. Photo by Les Houser

Starting in the Fall of 2019, Wright County parents will have yet another option for their young child’s educational development as a new Head Start Center location will open in Eagle Grove. It will be in the former Chamber office on North Iowa Avenue, and the building is in the middle of a complete renovation to get it ready for the opening.

Eagle Grove School District Superintendent Jess Toliver became a member of the Board of Directors for Head Start three years ago, and was instrumental in getting it back here in this county. “They have classrooms in Hamilton, Humboldt and Webster but not here in this county (they did have previously),” explained Toliver. “One of my goals was to get services back locally again. We obtained some grant funding to get this done, and the building was already available.”

According to Head Start Director Michelle Carden, the building had to be totally gutted. “We are well into the construction phase now,” said Carden. “The playground has been installed, and has plenty of play space and shade as well as a designed space for trike riding. We anticipate the entire project will be finished by the end of June with a community open house sometime in July. The classroom will be up and running for the start of the 2019-20 school year, and we anticipate enrolling 15 students.”

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