Head Start hopes to build facility with grant

By Darci Petersen
The Sheridan Press

 

SHERIDAN — Due to inadequate space, Absaroka, Inc. Head Start serves only 35% of the families for which they receive funding.

About 25 families exist in Sheridan who should theoretically have a child enrolled in Head Start but do not. This is because 14 families max out the current location at the Train Depot. There is one classroom, one bathroom, no kitchen and no playground.

“We’ve been without a permanent home for four years,” said Head Start director Amber Clark. Clark explained that finding a building meeting their stringent fire code and child care regulations has proved challenging.

“Nothing would work without major renovations,” Clark said.

In the summer of 2018, Head Start decided its only option was to build, so staff applied for a federal grant that would cover the cost of constructing a future building.

“We had to prove as part of our application [for the grant] that our search had been exhaustive for a suitable facility,” Clark said.

Sheridan Head Start has been tentatively designated nearly a $2 million grant to construct a new building.

“A piece of the application is to have a plan for where to build,” Clark said. “We are negotiating the lease with the Office of the General Counsel and the landlord attorneys right now.”

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