JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Several Head Start facilities that closed Friday, will now re-open their doors. The Department of Children and Families says an agreement has been reached to re-open 16 Head Start facilities in Jacksonville this Wednesday, May 22. This move will help more than 1,500 children who are served by Head Start programs.
According to the DCF, the vast majority of children will be able to go to the same Head Start facilities.
Only eight facilities will not re-open this Wednesday. The total capacity of these facilities is less than 250 children. The facilities not re-opening are: Head Start at Greater Grant Memorial, 5533 Gilchrist Road, Head Start at Happyland Center, 1577 West 26th Street, Head Start at The Bridge, 320 West 8th Street, Head Start at Hilltop Village, 1646 West 45th Street, Head Start at Shands, 2052 Jefferson Street, Head Start at Southwind Villas, 8711 Newton Road, and Head Start at Edward Waters College, 1626 Grunthal Street.
DCF says Head Start officials will notify parents of children who attend these facilities beginning Monday, so that alternative arrangements can be made.
Once the facilities re-open this Wednesday, they will stay open until June 7, which is the original end date for the school year.
The 24 Head Start sites were closed Friday after several problems were found including alleged child safety violations.
According to DCF, the re-opening of these facilities is due to the collaboration of several key agencies and officials, including Congresswoman Corrine Brown, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Florida State Senator Audrey Gibson, the Early Learning Coalition, the Duval County Public Schools, former State Senator Tony Hill representing Jacksonville Mayor Alvin Brown, and the Florida Department of Children and Families.
"We realize how important this issue is to the community. We are taking care of the children," said Congresswoman Brown.
Congresswoman Brown will give full details on the Head Start re-openings at a news conference on Monday, May 20 at 11:30 a.m. It will be held at the Head Start facility located at 1221 East 16th Street in Jacksonville's Springfield area.
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