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Savannah Tech program receives $1.1 million grant

By WTOC Staff

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - The Economic Division of Savannah Technical College has received a $1.1 million grant to expand its Early Start Child Care Resource & Referral of Southeast Georgia program. The program currently servies nine counties, and with the additional funding wil expand staff to serve 34 counties.

This is the fourth year the grant has been awarded to the Early Start, which is part of a statewide network to increase the number of Georgia's children and families who have access to quality early learning care and programs.

"We are delighted to have been selected as one of the CCR&R programs to expand its services," said college president Kathy S. Love in a news release. "Studies have continued to show that money invested in early learning initiatives pays great dividends for the community."

"Rather than setting up additional offices throughout the region, we will be hiring professionals to work from their homes including two to serve the Augusta area and two for Swainsboro and surrounding communities," said Early Start director Sherry Costa in a news release.

Savannah Tech will close their Brunswick office and allow those staff members, in addtion to two from the Savannah office, to telecommute. The college will also add two inclusion coordinators, who will work with child care providers and families of special needs children to ensure all children are included in a child care setting.

And instead of the local referral network previously operated by each regional Early Start program, parent and other caregivers can call one toll free number at 877.255.4254 to get child care information and referrals or visit www.allgakids.org.

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