Central Montana Head Start to break ground on expansion October 26

An architect’s drawing shows the newly expanded Central Montana Head Start. Ground breaking on the project is Thursday.

Photo courtesy of Head Start

 

 

On Thursday, Oct. 26 at 11:30 a.m., the public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony for the expansion of Central Montana Head Start. Board and Policy Council Members, staff, government officials, donors, volunteers, CMHS parents and families, Diamond Construction, Stahly Engineers, Van Bryan Studio Architects and the public will be on hand to celebrate the commencement of construction on a 5,586 square foot expansion. Most importantly, the children who attend preschool at Head Start will be helping out with the ceremony and breaking ground in their new hard hats.

“We have been exploring a building expansion as part of our strategic plan for quite some time now and when funding became available through the Office of Head Start last year, our staff applied, and luckily our application was fully funded,” explained Jennifer Pfau, Board chair. “We are so excited about the benefits that this $1.4 million building expansion will provide to our staff and the children/families served by our program.”

Specifically, the expansion will allow for all preschool children served by the program to be located at the main site in Lewistown.

In 2015, with funding from the Montana Preschool Development Grant, CMHS needed to find space to house an additional two classrooms. A partnership with the First Christian Church was formed, allowing 34 kids to be served in the basement of their recently renovated facility. Over the last few years, CMHS pursued actions to expand onto its own facility to bring these two classrooms onsite, as well as provide a multi-purpose room and additional office space at its current location on Meadowlark Lane. The multi-purpose room will be especially beneficial to the program during the winter months, providing a venue for the children to play indoors during inclement weather, and allowing for big group gatherings to take place onsite. As an added bonus, it is the goal of CMHS to make this space available for use by the public during the evening and on the weekends when not in use by CMHS.

“We hope that everyone will join us for a short groundbreaking ceremony and help us celebrate this momentous occasion,” added Carra Godbey, CMHS executive director. “This expansion is a very positive step forward in the ongoing improvement of educational opportunities for preschool children in our community and will have a lasting impact on the families served by our program for generations to come.”

Central Montana Head Start is located at 25 Meadowlark Lane. The Lewistown program serves 82 preschool children between the ages of 3-5 years old. This site is also the program headquarters for the non-profit organization, which serves a total of 116 families in Lewistown, Roundup and Harlowton.

CMHS provides comprehensive services in areas of education, health, mental health, nutrition, disabilities, and parent, family, and community engagement. All services provided by CMHS are free of charge. For more information about the groundbreaking or to learn how to enroll your child for preschool services, call 535-7751.

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