Members of the Board of Directors and staff at the Waldo Community Action Partners celebrated the opening of their newly renovated Early Head Start facility with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, May 24.

The facility, located on Field Street across from the WCAP central office building, will be used to provide services for prenatal to three-years-old for socialization and other programs. Renovations to the facility were accomplished through a federal grant the program received in 2009.

Katherine Johnston, Head Start director, said Waldo County now has two facilities offering prenatal to three-year-old services.

“Children will participate in peer play and other activities and parents will have the opportunity to interact with the children,” Johnston said. “The parent really is a child’s primary educator.”

Executive Director for WCAP Keith Small said his first task when he joined the organization was to sign the contracts to begin work on the new facility. Even with a few minor hiccups in the building process, he said the entire project has been a much anticipated success.

“There is still work to be completed, but this has been a wonderful ride and a great introduction for me,” Small said.

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