Head Start alumni sought to celebrate Esperanza Center

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Project NOW’s Esperanza Center is calling all Quad Citians who have graduated from area Head Start programs to help celebrate the center’s reopening and two new classrooms on Tuesday, Oct. 31. 

Head Start Director Andrea Flannery invites program graduates to come to the center — at 335 Fifth Ave., Moline — at 8:45 a.m. Tuesday to line the halls and give students high-fives as they enter the building. 

“The Floreciente community has always embraced Project NOW’s Head Start. We have a long and rich history partnering with this community to enhance lives,” Ms. Flannery said in a news release.  

“We want to show today’s Head Start children (that) they are being supported and their future is bright.” 

Head Start graduates who would like to participate may park in the lower parking lot and enter the center through the double doors. Project NOW has been approved to open four classrooms to provide free, high-quality early childhood education for up to 80 children in Moline, according to the release. 

Project NOW Executive Director Dwight Ford said in the release that the center’s reopening is a perfect example of what community collaboration and targeting resources for early childhood education can produce.  

“The center will also support families by providing assurances their children will receive a first-class education while the parents can take advantage of economic opportunities which can benefit the family,” he said in the release. “When we invest in children, the entire community will yield (a) lifetime of returns.”

Parents interested in enrolling children at Project NOW Head Start can apply online or schedule an appointment by calling a Head Start location. For Rock Island and Mercer counties, call (309) 792-4555, and for Henry County, call (309) 852-4346. 

For more information about the Esperanza Center and its work, visit its Facebook page.

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