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Semcac head start receives new state scholarship awards

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Education

Semcac Head Start recently learned that the Minnesota Department of Education (MDE) approved its two applications for Early Learning Scholarships Pathway II. The Pathway II Scholarship allocations will support opening of a pre-school center in Owatonna, Minn. to serve 15 children, and transportation of children to the LeRoy pre-school center.

The Semcac Head Start program also teamed with the Community Education programs in Austin and Winona public schools to submit respective applications to expand and enhance pre-school services in these locations. MDE approved both of these applications, as well. In Austin, the program and Austin Community Ed will operate two partnership centers, each serving 16 preschool aged children. In Winona, the program will coordinate with Winona Community Ed to offer a new summer program to 12 pre-school aged children.

The goal of the Pathways Scholarships is to increase access to high-quality early childhood programs for young children with the highest need and have a positive impact on the kindergarten readiness of children receiving the scholarships. The awards were especially welcome because Semcac Head Start lost 10% of its funding over the last two years. The budget cuts led to reduction in services. The awards were made possible due to the Four Star Parent Aware rating of Semcac Head Start.

Semcac, a non-profit community action agency, receives federal and state funding to administer Head Start in Dodge, Fillmore, Houston, Mower, Steele and Winona Counties. In 2013 – 2014, Semcac Head Start serves 350 birth to age 5 children, providing education and comprehensive services to participating families at no cost. For more information, please visit the Semcac website at

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