$4.5 million fundraising campaign announced for renovation of Head Start space

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LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – Community Action of Lancaster and Saunders Counties announced on Tuesday a fundraising campaign for renovations of the Head Start program’s space.

The building at the intersection of K Street and Antelope Valley Parkway will be transformed from one used for adult education to one for early childhood education.

More than $2 million of the $4.5 million goal has already been received or pledged for the two-phase renovation of the facility, which was being used for higher education.

Renovations will include building new classrooms with easily accessible restrooms and sinks, indoor and outdoor play areas, and spaces for support services offered to Head Start participants and others.

“Access to quality early childhood education for all is a Lincoln priority,” Lincoln City Councilman Carl Eskridge said in a press release. “And this project is about just that: ensuring children with the greatest barriers to success get everything they need in a learning environment to be ready for kindergarten and to reach their fullest potential.”

Over 490 children and families across Community Action’s service area participate in the program.

The first phase of improvements, on the lower-east portion of the facility, was completed in April.

The second phase, on the west and upper-east portions of the facility, are planned to begin in early 2023.

“The most important investment we can make is in our children, and every child deserves access to the supports they need to succeed,” Eskridge said. “I invite my fellow community members to join me in contributing to this project today for a stronger Lincoln tomorrow.”

To learn more about Community Action, or to give to the campaign, visit www.communityactionatwork.org.

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