MOUNT VERNON — The Knox County Head Start received word earlier this week on confirmation of a $200,000 grant, announced Head Start Director Peg Tazewell.
The federal grant comes from the Department of Health and Human Services from nominations made by state governors for the Centers of Excellence in Early Childhood program. Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland gave three nominations for the award, and 10 grants were then announced nationally, based on their innovative practices to improve services.
With the grant money, Head Start will implement a program-wide approach to supporting and building children’s social and emotional development through the use of Conscious Discipline for staff and families and will use the approaches of Conscious Discipline to continue program integration, birth to age 8. The approach will be shared with other early education programs and with school partners to create a community-wide model for serving children and families.