The facility was made possible through a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Leaders from Texas Tech University, the City of Lubbock and Lubbock Independent School District cut the ribbon today (Dec. 10) on a new Early Head Start (EHS) facility in East Lubbock.
The facility at 3315 E. Broadway Ave. is newly renovated thanks to a competitive Child Care Partnership and Expansion Grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It will allow Texas Tech Early Head Start to expand from serving 56 children to serving 96 children aged 6 weeks to 3 years.
“The general mission of the College of Human Sciences is to apply knowledge and make a difference in people's lives,” Hoover said. “Texas Tech Early Head Start is a perfect example of how we carry out this mission. The high quality care for EHS children from infancy to 3 years old and the support for their families provides a strong foundation for the children's development.”
Stephanie Shine, the early childhood program director, said the Early Head Start program is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children. Children get full-time care, including language, motor and cognitive development; breakfast and lunch; and hearing, vision, developmental and social-emotional screenings. Early Head Start also offers parent education.
Ann Mastergeorge, the chair of the Department of Human Development and Family Studies, said EHS has significant benefit for the department and its educational mission in addition to the good it provides the community.
“Our department is enriched by the evidence and research of the Early Head Start program as our faculty, undergraduate and graduate students are involved in learning, observing and engaging with families enrolled in EHS,” she said. “The high-quality curriculum and activities provided make a significant difference in the lives of children and their families in both socioemotional development and school readiness skills.”