Upshur Head Start receives new buses


BUCKHANNON — The Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start received two new buses that hold 30 passengers each. Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start said children will be transported to and from Head Start Centers Monday through Thursday.

Sandra Pennington, who serves as the Executive/Head Start Director, announced that Head Start had received the new buses in a statement on Tuesday, April 26. Children ages 3 to 5 years old will be transported with the new buses to their prospective Head Start Centers Monday through Thursday.

The Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start welcomes enrollment online through the Upshur County Board of Education or by stopping at the Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start office located at 8 Cleveland Avenue Buckhannon.

The Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start prides itself on being a “comprehensive early childhood development program.” According to headstart-upshur.org, they have accomplished their mission by, “having excelled to a county, statewide, and a nationally recognized exemplary program. Recently, the UHR Head Start Program received reaccreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), and in October 2011, the national Office of Head Start conducted a triennial review and determined that the UHR Head Start Program was in compliance with all applicable Head Start Program Performance Standards, laws, regulations and policy requirements. They noted that areas of strength included program governance and team efforts.

“The UHR Head Start Program has expanded from its early beginnings of one center and one classroom of 20 children to five centers and 10 classrooms service a total of 193 children. In 2002, a partnership with the local board of education serving 4-year-old pre-school children was established. To date, that partnership serves 77 4-year-old children. Staff, funds and services are shared between both agencies. All teachers are certified and teacher assistants meet required certifications.

“UHR Head Start provides an array of services to Upshur County income eligible children and their families. Center-based and pre-kindergarten services are available to UHR Head Start children. Based on the development of children, Head Start offers a balanced educational curriculum with special emphasis on the child’s emotional, social, health, nutritional and physical needs. Family needs are met through a network of community resources. None of this would have been possible without the TEAM efforts of the Board of Directors, Policy Council, employees and parents.”

For more information about Upshur Human Resources, Inc. Head Start, their mission and enrollment, contact their office at (304) 472-2016. Congratulations on the new buses and thank you to all the bus drivers who help Upshur County’s early learners!

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