Early Head Start looking to fill soon-to-be vacant spots

WICHITA FALLS, TX (KAUZ) - This Friday, official with Early Head Start in Wichita County want parents to come tour their facilities and see if their families are eligible to apply for the program.

Mellody Jones, a teacher at EHS, took advantage of services offered to pregnant women through Early Hear Start.

"I saw how the kids and the teachers interacted here," she said.

Following the birth of her second son, Jones was able to get him in the Early Head Start Home-Based Program.

"All of our home-based teachers are moms so they'll help you walk through it. (They'll) tell you different things that you need help with, (like) nutrition and things like that," Jones said.

Jones and her children are one of the 104 families EHS serves every year.

"We're a lot more than just free daycare," Social Service and Parent Involvement Manager, Atzhiri Acosta said.

With only a few months left in the school year, Acosta said now is prime recruiting time. Especially since they are losing more than 50 children by this summer.

"We really want to have families that are eligible for our program to come by and apply. To feel comfortable and understand what we're about," Acosta said.

Foster parents and homeless families are eligible regardless of income. But if you are neither of those your family has to fall in the poverty threshold to qualify. This varies by family size and income.

But with plenty of families to serve, Acosta is looking forward to the future.

"I hope that we expand and serve more of the families that really need our program. I really want to motivate parents to be an advocate for their children," Acosta said.

Acosta said they are hoping to hear good news soon about a possible expansion. She said they have a long waiting list and are hoping this shows the need for more facilities across Texoma.

All three Early Head Start locations in Wichita County will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Friday, March 10th for tours.

A list of the locations can be found below.

Wakeman Center - 1201 E. Scott Avenue (Wichita Falls)
Fuller Center - 500 Flood Street (Wichita Falls)
Burk Center - 700 West 7th Street  (Burkburnett)

If you have any questions call (940) 687-5437

Samantha Forester, Newschannel 6

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