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TIMELINE

1965 Head Start was created as a summer program to prepare underprivileged children for kindergarten. the Canton School District program began in 1966. Other areas with summer programs included Wyalusing, Northeast Bradford, Towanda and Wellsboro.
 
1978 North Penn Comprehensive Health Services, the grantee for Bradford-Tioga Head Start, was funded on August 1 with the following sites    
 

Canton students served in a  homed-based program

30
 

Elkland center opened

15
 

Covington center opened

15
 

Athens Centers opened (AM & PM)

30
   

(90)

1979 Towanda center opened using funds from the summer program that was no longer operating.  
   

(105)

1980 Knoxville center opened with expansion funds.

Class enrollment raised to 16 children.

 
   

(127)

1984 Mansfield center opened with expansion funds  
   

(143)

1990 Classroom enrollment expanded to 17 children (9/1)

Bentley Creek center opened (11/9)

 
 

 

(170)

1991

Wellsboro center opened (4/15)

Mansfield and Covington centers combined (10/1) - did not change number of children

Tioga center opened (11/25)

(187)

   

(204)

1992

Troy center opened (3/5)

 
   

(221)

1993 Millerton center opened (3/1)  
   

(238)

1994 East Smithfield center opened (3/15)  
   

(255)

1998 Towanda Township opened (1/29)  
   

(272)

1999 Early Head Start began (75 Families)  
   

(347)

2002 Wyalusing center opened (September)  
   

(364)

2004 Sayre/Athens/Milan opens (September)  
   

(381)

2005 Wellsboro PM and Mansfield AM (September)  
   

(415)

2007 Pre-K Troy and Pre-K Wyalusing (September)  
   

(449)

2013 Downsized by 34 slots in Head Start and 9 slots in EHS in Tioga due to federal Sequestration.                           
   

(406)

2013 Troy 3 (HSSAP) opens (September)  
   

(423)

2013

Bradford-Tioga Head Start, Inc. (BTHS, Inc.), was awarded Head Start and Early Head Start grant (12/1/13). Start-up period December 1 thru   January 31, 2014

 
   

(423)

2014 February 1, BTHS, Inc. began serving children as the grantee.                              
   

(423)

2015 Troy 2 & Troy PreK and Wyalusing HS & Wyalusing PreK merged to became a 5 hour program for 180 days.  
   

(389)

2016

Awarded HSSAP and PA Pre-K Counts funds to extend the number of days in 2015-2016 program year.     

At end of 2015-16 year classrooms in Wellsboro and in Troy merged from 34 slots to 17 in order to serve 17 children at each site for 5 hours/day and 180 days/year.       

All classrooms provide 5 hours/day for 180 days/year except Rome AM & PM which provide 3 hours/day for 130 days/year.            

 
   

(355)

     

Early Head Start  66 families in home-based model. 6 Family Partners each working with 11 families. Head Start/Pre-K Current enrollment is 289. 17 classrooms / 13 sites in Bradford & Tioga Counties. 17 children in each classroom w/ three staff (17:3 ratio). Each classroom has a Teacher, Teacher Aide, Family Advocate and Classroom Aide.  Some classrooms have a Bus Driver, Bus Monitor, Lunch Aide, or Cook. 100+ staff Central Office Staff includes: 2 administrators, 2 managers (finance and human resources), 6 coordinators (Education/State, EHS/Social Services, Health, IT, ERSEA, Early Intervention), 5 supervisors (Education, Family Services and Family Services/Transportation), and 3 office administrative staff.