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For Immediate Release:
July 29, 2014
Media Contact:
Ed Garza

Miami-Dade announces grand opening of Lillie M. Williams Head Start Center

(MIAMI, July 29, 2014) – Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez, District 2 County Commissioner Jean Monestime, and the Miami-Dade Board of County Commissioners and Miami-Dade Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) announce the grand opening of the Lillie M. Williams Head Start Center, located at 770 NW 83rd Street Miami, FL 33150, to serve families in Miami-Dade County.

“We are honored and excited to expand our work with the families of Miami-Dade County,” said CAHSD Director Lucia Davis-Raiford. “We are grateful to the many partners in this community who care deeply for children, who believe in their tremendous potential, and who are willing to work side by side to provide an enriched environment for all children.”

The center is named in honor of Lillie M. Williams, or “Ms. Lillie” as she is known in the community. Ms. Lillie has been an advocate for early childhood education for more than 40 years and continues her work today as an emeritus member of the Community Action Agency (CAA) Board of Directors.

The Lillie M. Williams Head Start Center, situated on 2.17 acres, is a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certified facility which incorporates the latest in energy efficiency technology, and features a functional and aesthetically beautiful design. The design concept of this learning space will create a more nurturing and welcoming environment that encourages participation and interaction.

Miami-Dade County CAHSD Head Start Program is the largest Head Start program in the South Eastern United States, serving more than 7,200 children. The Miami-Dade CAHSD Head Start Program has 17 delegate agencies that provide direct Head Start / Early Head Start services at 86 locations.

The Head Start / Early Head Start Program provides comprehensive child development services for low income children and families. The program is open to children aged newborn through age 5, and provides care and classroom instruction. Head Start / Early Head Start engages parents in their children's learning and assists parents in making progress toward their educational, literacy and employment goals.

Head Start increases educational achievement: raising test scores, decreasing the need for children to receive special education services and making it less likely that children will repeat a grade. Head Start graduates are also more likely to graduate from high school and attend college.

For more information or to enroll in Head Start Program contact the Miami-Dade Community Action & Human Services Head Start Program at 786-469-4622.