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Head Start Program Participates in State Wide Reading Event

North Providence – Tri-County Head Start programs hosted several Rhode Island political figures and state agency representatives over the last few days as part of a state wide reading event with pre-school aged children.  The individuals, including Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, visited Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms to read to the children.

“Reading to young children encourages the educational, emotional and social development of the child, and offers the reader an opportunity to personally engage and inspire,” said Joseph R. DeSantis, President and CEO of Tri-County.  “We are honored to be a part of this week-long celebration of reading, to partner with these outstanding agencies, and to introduce some of the littlest members of our community to our partners in the RI Government and State agencies,” said DeSantis.

The guest readers were the result of a collaboration between the United Way of RI, RI Kids Count, and the RI Association for the Education of Young Children, as part of their recognition of The Week of the Young Child; a national, annual celebration to recognize early childhood programs and services that focus on the needs of young children.

Children and teachers of the Tri-County Head Start program pose with Head Start Director Rhonda Farrell, Senate President Dominick Ruggerio, and Tri-County President and CEO Joseph DeSantis. – photo courtesy of Tri-County Community Action Agency.

“The children were delighted to have visitors participate in their story time, and enjoyed showing their new friends around the classrooms,” said Rhonda Farrell, Head Start Director for Tri-County.

Tri-County Community Action Agency operates Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms in Northern RI including Johnston, North Providence, and Burrillville   In South County the Agency has Head Start programs in Westerly, Charlestown, North Kingstown, and Wakefield.  The Agency is scheduled to open a new Early Head Start program in Wakefield in the spring of 2017.
“Head Start and Early Head Start programs are vital to the overall and lifelong educational success of the children we serve.  To see so many of Rhode Island’s leaders taking time out of their busy schedules to read to our kids this week, was truly appreciated by us all,” DeSantis said.

Senate President Dominick Ruggerio reads to children during The Week of the Young Child. –photo courtesy of Tri-County Community Action Agency.

For more information on the Tri-County Head Start or Early Head Start programs, contact the Agency at 401-519-1979.

Tri-County Community Action Agency, formerly Tri-Town Community Action Agency, is head-quartered in Johnston Rhode Island, and is a private, nonprofit, community service agency providing a broad range of programs, services, and support to individuals and families in need throughout Rhode Island.

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