Central Montana Head Start (CMHS) is pleased to announce that it has received $1.5 million in expansion funding from the Office of Head Start to build an addition on to its facility. The expansion will take place at the Lewistown Center, located at 25 Meadowlark Lane, to the west of the current facility on acreage already owned by the organization. With the receipt of these grant funds, CMHS will be able to increase its duration in services which includes extended class hours and days of operation.

“We are so excited to announce that our organization has been awarded this grant, as this has been a goal we have been working towards for about 10 years now,” states Carra Godbey, Executive Director.

Currently, two classrooms for the program are housed off site at the First Christian Church due to lack of space at the Center.  While CMHS has an outstanding relationship with the church, it has been the goal of the organization to expand its facilities and provide one centralized location for the benefit of both staff and families. The addition will include two classrooms, office space and a multi-purpose room. A multipurpose room will be an asset not only CMHS, but can also be used for community events after hours.

“We received program expansion funds two years ago, allowing us to offer two more classes in Lewistown, but unfortunately we did not have any room to house them onsite,” explains Godbey.  “It is so nice to know that we can finally bring all children and staff under the same roof, as well as build more office space and a multi-purpose room which will receive a lot of use, especially during our long cold winters!”

Jennifer Pfau, Board Chair, agrees with Godbey that this project will provide great benefit to the organization stating, “This expansion will have such a positive effect on the children and families served by CMHS and be such a great asset to the community.  We are very proud of our staff for all of their hard work to make this dream a reality.”

CMHS serves 116 families in Central Montana (Fergus, Musselshell, and Wheatland Counties).  CMHS operates two stand-alone centers in Lewistown, one in Roundup, and provides a classroom in conjunction with the Harlowton Public Schools.  CMHS is a nurturing and supportive nonprofit organization whose mission is to strengthen and empower children, families, and communities.  To do this, they offer a free high quality comprehensive preschool program for children ages 3-5 years old to help prepare them for kindergarten, as well services and/or information in the areas of education, health, mental health, nutrition, disabilities, parent involvement, and family support.  

CMHS’s vision is to have an inclusive early childhood campus offering a continuum of care for seamless transitions from Head Start and into elementary school. To help attain this vision, CMHS hopes to leverage additional funding to incorporate a third and fourth classroom into the addition.  

For more information about this project or enrolling your child in preschool classes contact CMHS at 406-535-7751.

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