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Attendees move between booths and games during the annual Floyd County Head Start year-end celebration at the New Albany National Guard Armory in 2015. A recent grant will allow the agency to expand services and create 27 jobs.

NEW ALBANY — Floyd County Head Start has received a $1.7 million grant from the Department of Health and Human Services that will allow it to expand the “Birth to Five” program and add 27 new jobs.

“New Albany has experienced a major shortage of early child care that is both affordable and available to young families,” stated Mayor Jeff Gahan in a news release. “This is wonderful news for young families who want the very best start for their children. It is a huge step forward for the residents of New Albany and Floyd County. We will continue to look for ways to expand this type of service to even more families in New Albany. Congratulations to Director Tara Meachum and the Head Start team on this achievement.”

The funding will offer 80 slots to pregnant women, infants, and toddlers; 40 home-based slots and 40 center-based slots.

Head Start “Birth to Five” promotes school readiness for preschool age children from low-income families by providing comprehensive services to children and families. These services and programs include education, health and development screenings, health and safety, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, transition services, and services for children with disabilities. These services are provided to support the mental, social and emotional development of the children and their families.

Head Start will be adding 27 new positions to their program thanks to the funding. Job descriptions can be found at fcheadstart.com and open interviews will be conducted from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, May 9, and 8 to 11 a.m. Friday, May 10. Head Start is at 1902 Corydon Pike in New Albany.