New Head Start Center at Bear Creek Community Center
COLUMBIA - The Bear Creek Community Center held a ribbon cutting ceremony for its new Head Start early childhood educational facility.
The Columbia Housing Authority (CHA) and Central Missouri Community Action (CMCA) teamed up to raise funds to renovate the facility. The CHA applied and received $77,000 from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) to fund the renovations. Renovations included installing a new playground, tricycle path and mulch; kitchen and bathroom renovations; conversion of garage space into offices and storage space; new security system with cameras; and fire alarm system upgrades to name a few.
Head Start is a program that takes care of children aged three to five and works on social, nutritional, and educational needs.
Head Start director Beth Vossler sent her kids to a Head Start program and said it pays off. "I see growth in the kids everyday. There are in here learning every single day. It's a joy to see to see them consistently grow throughout the school year."
The new center serves around 20 children and has helped with overcrowding at the Towne Drive Head Start facility.