COLUMBIA, Maryland (WJZ) – A new early childhood education center for low-income residents has opened in Howard County.
The free Head Start program at the Bauder Education Center in Columbia is the Howard County Community Action Council’s newest location for preschoolers living in low-income homes. These programs are created to help children learn social and academic skills while helping their parents.
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Kuwiyah Windfield moved from New York during the pandemic and took her daughter to one of the nonprofit education centers.
“This is actually his first time in school, so I thrive and grow with friends and I can be with other peers,” Winfield said.
Her daughter is one of 362 children in the county enrolled in the Jumpstart program. The new center allows the program to help more low-income families while meeting a very important need for them.
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“There is a huge need in Howard County for free high quality preschool education. It costs $ 2,400 a month to put a child in day care, ”said Tracy Broccolino, director of education at the Howard County Community Action Council.
It also allows parents to continue working, which makes a big difference.
“The daily chore that it takes to work and take care of my kids, just having the support, I’m just more than grateful to have it,” Winfield said.
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For more information about the Bauder Education Center or the Community Action Council of Howard County, visit: https://cac-hc.org/.