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News at Brookhaven College

First of its kind in the Nation!

March 6, 2006

DALLAS  •  Head Start of Greater Dallas, Inc. and Brookhaven College will break ground at 2 p.m., March 10 on the site of a $3 million model preschool facility that will be built at Brookhaven College.

The partnership between Head Start of Greater Dallas and Brookhaven College is the first of its kind in the nation. With an expected opening of early 2007, the facility will serve 176 preschool-aged children each year and offer comprehensive services that promote growth in nutrition, health, social skills, physical coordination, self-esteem and pre-reading and pre-math skills.

Brookhaven College will provide extensive support services for parents including mentoring, career development and counseling, financial aid counseling, tutoring for college courses, and college success strategies. This community-college based center will also serve as a teaching facility for Brookhaven’s early childhood education program.

“We are always looking for new ways to help disadvantaged young children and their families achieve the success in life so many others take for granted. A community-college campus provides an ideal environment for a Head Start Center because it is all about education as a path to self-reliance. Thanks to Brookhaven and support from the Hoblitzelle, Meadows and Greater Texas Foundations, our vision will soon become a reality,” said Wanda Smith, CEO, Head Start of Greater Dallas.

“This unique partnership with a community college holds enormous promise for children, their parents, and our community. We are looking forward to offering rich educational experiences for the next generations of early childhood educators through the Head Start learning laboratory as well as providing a model of collaboration for community colleges across the United States,” said Dr. Mary Brumbach, vice president for Resource and Economic Development at Brookhaven College.

Brookhaven College, one of seven Dallas County Community Colleges, has been offering programs in early childhood education since 1979 along with a full slate of college preparatory, academic and career programs. The child development program is accredited by the National Association of Education for Young Children. With more than 10,000 students enrolled in credit courses, the Brookhaven College student population is diverse with 49 percent Caucasian, 20 percent Hispanic, 14 percent African-American, and 12 percent Asian. More than 60 percent are first-generation college students.

Head Start of Greater Dallas is a non-profit organization in Dallas that prepares low-income, preschool age children for successful entry into the public school system and helps their families become self-reliant. The agency and its partners serves more than 4,200 children at 37 full-day centers located throughout disadvantaged communities in Dallas County. For more information, visit www.hsgd.org.

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Editor's note: Media are welcome at the Groundbreaking Ceremony and Reception to follow. For interviews, photo opportunities and media support, please contact Monica Taliaferro, director, marketing and public information, monicat@dcccd.edu, or Meridith Danforth, public information coordinator, mdanforth@dcccd.edu, 972-860-4823, or the Brookhaven College Public Information Office, 972-860-4827. New information about Brookhaven College activities and events is continually being added to the college’s Web site at www.BrookhavenCollege.edu.

Educational opportunities are offered by Brookhaven College without regard to race, color, age, national origin, religion, sex, disability or sexual orientation. Brookhaven College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, (1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award the associate degree.