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CHRISTIANSTED — The Head Start Program begins again anew on Tuesday.

Started in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson, Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

The program has been administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to foster stable family relationships, enhance children’s physical and emotional well-being and establish an environment to develop strong thinking skills.

The transition from family life to school life imposes diverse developmental challenges that require children to engage successfully with peers outside the family group, adjust to the space of the classroom and meet expectations that the school provides.

Commissioner Vivian I. Ebbesen-Fludd of the V.I. Department of Human Services said the Start of 2015‑2016 Head Start School Year is this week. Parents are asked to report with their child in accordance with the following schedule:

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

  • Richmond Head Start Center I & II
  • Anna’s Hope Head Start Center I & II
  • Kingshill Head Start Center I & II
  • Profit Head Start Center I & II
  • Marley Head Start Center
  • Concordia Head Start Center
  • Christiansted Head Start Center I, II, III, IV & V (1-5)

Tuesday, September 8 – 18, 2015

  • Frederiksted Head Start Center one through ten (1-10) will be holding Staggered Sessions and Home Visits.  Parents will be contacted by Head Start Program staff to schedule their reporting times.

Monday, September 14, 2015

  • Christiansted Head Start Center Classroom VI

Parents who have not been contacted by the Head Start Program Staff are asked to call Ms. Rosemary Lawrence, Social Services Manager, Office of Pre-School, Head Start Program at (340) 773-1972 for support or additional information.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy is primarily known for his investigative reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands. A series of reports beginning in the 1990's revealed that there was everything from coliform bacteria to Cryptosporidium in locally-bottled St. Croix drinking water, according to a then-unpublished University of the Virgin Islands sampling. Another report, following Hurricane Hugo in 1989, cited a Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) confidential overview that said that over 40 percent of the U.S. Virgin Islands public lives below the poverty line. The Virgin Islands Free Press is the only Caribbean news source to regularly incorporate the findings of U.S. Freedom of Information Act requests. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is the former news director of WSVI-TV Channel 8 on St. Croix.

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