The Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a grant to the Floyd County Head Start program. The $1.7 million in funding will allow for the expansion of the "Birth to Five" program and add 27 new jobs. 

The grant will allow for 80 slots for pregnant women, infants, and toddlers, along with 40 home-based slots and 40 center-based slots. The "Birth to Five" program promotes school readiness for preschool children from low-income families. Services and programs offered include education, health and safety, social and emotional health, nutrition and others. 

“New Albany has experienced a major shortage of early child care that is both affordable and available to young families,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan. “This is wonderful news for young families who want the very best start for their children. It is a huge step forward for the residents of New Albany and Floyd County. We will continue to look for ways to expand this type of service to even more families in New Albany."

Head Start will hold open interviews for the new positions to be held on Thursday, May 9 from 4-7pm and Friday, May 10 from 8-11am at Head Start on Corydon Pike in New Albany. Full job descriptions can be found here

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