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Head Start recruitment fair going until Thursday for TPS

TOLEDO, OH (Toledo News Now) -

Parents in Toledo are getting a head start on the upcoming school year at the former DeVilbiss High School. 

School officials held a recruitment fair for the Head Start program Tuesday in west Toledo.  Many people came out to sign up for the program and get more information.  The program is based on a family's income.

"Head Start is a great program for our community," said Amy Allen, TPS Early Childhood Transformational Leader. "It works with children, it works with families. It helps us stay connected with families. When children enter the school age, the children and the families are really ready to be successful."

The recruitment day event features snacks, fun things to do for the kids, and many vendors who help guide parents along the way. People who attended the event were excited about participating in Head Start.

"It's a real good thing. They really do need that early education," said Tameka Clark, who signed up her child for the program.

"For him, he'll like it, I like it," said Frances, who signed up her son. "I've never been to something like this before to sign him up, but hopefully he'll like it"

Head Start is a federally funded program that has gone through changes recently.  Nearly 300 Head Start employees received pink slips when a new provider for the program had not been chosen.  Since officially taking over the program, TPS officials say they're optimistic about what's to come.

"There's been a lot of transition for these families over the last few years, and so we're hoping that today provides them with a little bit of peace of mind, a little bit of security about what's going to be going on for their children," Allen said.

Hiring for more than 200 Head Start jobs will begin as early as next week. 

The recruitment fair will continue on Wednesday, July 16 and Thursday, July 17 between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. at the former DeVilbiss High School in Toledo.

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