Austin, TX???June?23, 2020 ??Upbring, a Texas-based nonprofit,?has been awarded a grant through The Office of Head Start?to provide services within?Galveston County?effective July?1, 2020.??Galveston County?was?granted?based upon the results of a?competitive application and review process?conducted by the Office of Head Start.

?We?re excited about this opportunity to serve children and families in?Galveston County,?and?we?assure the community that Head Start/Early Head Start services will continue?for all?403?children?enrolled?throughout the?county,? said Dr. Dana Biddy, Director of Education?for South Texas?with?Upbring?Head Start Preschool.?Biddy, who resides just north of Galveston,?will be responsible for the supervision of all?Upbring?Head Start locations authorized by this newly-obtained award.

Upbring?has been?providing Head?Start?services in Texas since 2015?and serves more than 960 children through its?current?programs in?Brazoria, Wharton,?Matagorda,?Johnson,?Erath,?Hood, Tarrant and Somervell counties.?Upbring?has placed an emphasis on?incorporating?innovative?strategies?into the classroom, while maximizing relationships with local community partners to provide additional support services for families.?

?Our curriculum is researched based with strategies that are differentiated to meet the needs of all of our learners. We also have created strong partnerships with local education agencies to provide general and special education services to our students,? Biddy said.???

Upbring?s?Classroom Assessment Scoring System (CLASS) scores?have finished?above the national average?based upon to an?emphasis on hiring staff members with credentials that exceed minimum requirements and education leaders with school district experience.

?Upbring?Head Start teachers are?committed to cultivating a lifelong love of learning for every child that helps them prepare for Kindergarten?and?lays a foundation for academic success,??Biddy said. ?This?begins with dedicated educators and?engaging?curriculum, and?includes the implementation of resources and metrics to measure the effectiveness of our programs.?

Upbring?will?soon?notify all current Head Start families throughout?Galveston County, as well as the community regarding next steps in this transition.?Upbring?Head Start Preschool is open to all children who meet the national Head Start eligibility requirements.?For more information, please visit?www.upbring.org/headstart.??

Upbring?is a leading Texas-based, faith-inspired nonprofit organization working to break the cycle of child abuse by empowering children, families and communities.?Upbring?partners with federal, state and local government agencies, community groups, small businesses, large corporations and dedicated individuals to deliver services that produce measurable progress toward five key markers of every child?s wellbeing: safety, life skills, education, health and vocation.?Upbring?benefits nearly 30,000 families each year with its life-changing programs?including foster care, adoption, education, children?s centers and community services.?

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