Havre Head Start Receiving More Than $1.1 Million in Federal Funds

HAVRE, Mont. (NMB) – Earlier this week, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that the Havre Area Head Start and Early Head Start Program would be receiving over $1.1 million.

The funding comes from the Administration for Children and Families, which oversees Head Start programs across Montana.

Katlynn Bodner is the Interim Child Services Director for the Northern Montana Child Development Center, and says they receive this funding annually but have to reapply every five years.

“We recompete for our grant every five years. So there is a five-year period in there where there is really no concern, it’s going to happen. We just need to put in the paperwork, put in the time, put in the work and make sure everything the office of Head Start needs is uploaded correctly and sent to our regional office in Denver.”

As for how the program is handling the pandemic, Bodner says they are managing to get by.

“It’s had it’s challenges. There’s been some difficulties. But the whole staff at NMCDC has just been astounding. Their professionalism has been above and beyond. They’ve gone out of their way to do what needs to be done for their students, for their colleagues. It’s definitely been difficult. There have been a lot of times where people have had their own personal challenges regarding the pandemic and how it impacts our program. But everbody has always come on top so far with optimism and a go get ’em attitude…I can’t say enough good things about how great the staff has been with getting through this pandemic. It has been difficult, but rewarding in the same way.”

Havre Area Head Start closed in March through mid-May due to the pandemic. They then resumed some of their programs. They restarted their full program at the end of August, and has been open since, with the exception of the two weeks Havre Public Schools moved to fully remote learning.

Bodner says they are always looking for new students, and applications are available at the District IV HRDC building or online at hrdc4.org.

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