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HCDE Head Start names Harris County Public Library ‘2010 Outstanding Community Partner’
Harris County Department of Education Head Start honored the Harris County Public Library as the 2010 Outstanding Community Partner at its Community Partnership Luncheon in February.

Community partner organizations and businesses provide in-kind gifts and services to HCDE’s 17 Head Start centers in northeast Harris County. Over a dozen were honored at the luncheon.

The Harris County Public Library was honored for extraordinary and unique contributions to Head Start and its families. Seven Head Start sites within the library’s service area are included in the library system’s “Reading is Fundamental Program.” Children at the centers receive three books a year during story time and participate in activities developed around the book’s theme.

Harris County Public Library also provides story time sessions at all Head Start centers. Library workers volunteered this year at Head Start events and assisted in the past by providing educational toys for families affected by Hurricane Katrina.

From left: HCDE Head Start Director Venetia Peacock; Harris County Public Library Children’s Specialist Stephanie Borgman; and HCDE Community Partnership Coordinator Armando Rodriguez.

About Harris County Department of Education’s Head Start Area I:   Harris County Department of Education Head Start Area I serve families residing in east Harris County, providing 17 area centers for children and their families. Head Start is a federally funded program that prepares children ages 3-5 for school. It also supports and promotes parent participation as it builds stronger families. Low-income families or families of children with special needs benefit from services. For more information, call (713) 672-9343.
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