The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

January 15, 2014

Head Start parents may get baby-sitter cash

By Rick Dandes
The Daily Item

LEWISBURG — MILTON — Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit directors Wednesday night unanimously approved a revision to a Head Start-Early Head Start policy whereby parents who have to attend policy council meetings will be reimbursed if they have a legitimate reason that they can’t find a baby sitter and are unable to use on-site baby-sitting.

In order to receive the reimbursement under the new policy guidelines, parents will have to complete a “reimbursement for program governance” form.

Reimbursement will be at the state minimum wage for one child, plus an additional $2.50 for more than one child.

The board was presented with the latest Head Start enrollment numbers. The program is fully enrolled at 242 children, with 198 children on the waiting list.

Early Head Start also is fully enrolled with 71 children and one prenatal mother. There are 47 children on the waiting list.

In November, the latest month for which figures are available, 136 meals were served to children involved in Early Head Start, and 4,427 meals were served to children in the regular Head Start program.

The average daily attendance in Early Head Start was 80.5 percent and 86 percent in Head Start.

CSIU board President Larry B. Breech, of the Millville Area School District, said he was relieved that the new federal budget essentially ended sequestration and restored Head Start funding.