Head Start could be up and running in Enid by Sept. 1.

The program, for children ages 3-5, has changed operators, and the new operators, Five Community Services Inc. — the Durant-based agency — wasn’t able to have Head Start going when school started in Enid.

Enid Public Schools will host the Head Start program here, providing one classroom in the Carver Center.

As many as 85 Enid-area children and families will qualify for the Head Start program, as well as 40 infants and toddlers for Early Head Start.

Head Start provides development opportunities for children from birth to 5. Programs also provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social and other services.

Head Start also includes the Early Head Start program, which serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to families until a child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program.

Locally, Head Start has had to change its approach some, with the increased number of pre-kindergarten programs offered by Enid Public Schools.

Head Start, though, remains a valuable opportunity to those families eligible for the program.

We’re are glad to see the program continue in Enid, and we hope it is operating as quickly as possible.

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