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PRIME TIME Wins Federal Grant for Ouachita Parish Head Start

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has selected PRIME TIME, Inc. as Head Start grantee for Ouachita Parish. With this award, PRIME TIME, Inc. will serve 555 children through a diverse set of free, high-quality program options.

“We are excited to become a first-time Head Start grantee, and especially so in Ouachita Parish, where we have a strong track record of partnerships and impact,” said Miranda Restovic, President and Executive Director of PRIME TIME. “PRIME TIME’s mission emphasizes educational support for vulnerable families. Our programs have served nearly 1,000 Ouachita Parish children and families, and trained nearly 100 educators. We are ready to build on our robust record and initiate an intensive, direct-service model in this community. Our programs emphasize the importance of starting early, and working closely with parents and children to improve academic outcomes. Becoming a Head Start grantee represents the next step in the continued evolution of our organization and its emphasis on the delivery of high quality education experiences to all.”

PRIME TIME will partner with Shine Early Learning (SEL), a national leader for Head Start services, training, and technical assistance. SEL has a highly regarded record of delivering high-impact services in Head Start programs, with the aim of closing the achievement gap.

“As a Professor of English at ULM and a Board member of the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and PRIME TIME Inc. since 2011, I have long been elated by the tangible impact of PRIME TIME on the lives of families and children in this community. Their goal with this grant moves beyond mere compliance with regulations to the creation of an auspicious launch for otherwise scholastically disadvantaged children,” said Janet Haedicke, PhD.

For more on this new initiative, visit here.