DECATUR – Community Action Partnership of North Alabama (CAPNA) hosted the grand opening of its new Lauderdale County Early Learning Center on last week at 1410 Glory Way off Cox Creek Parkway adjacent to CrossPoint Church of Christ in Florence.
Federal grant funds from the Department of Health and Human Services local contributions comprise the total building project cost of $2.77 million building renovation. The partnership had to relocate its 13 classrooms and children in March of 2019 from the original Handy location, after the Florence City Board of Education decided to start its own pre-school that fall.
Thanks to partnerships with Florence City Board of Education, Focus Scope, Kids Club, and Westminster Presbyterian Church, CAPNA continued to serve children during the two-year transition until the previous medical facility on Glory Way could be renovated.
“We look forward to serving children birth up to K and their families through high-quality, comprehensive early learning and care,” said Kim Dodd, Director of Children’s Services for CAPNA.
The Lauderdale County ELC will serve 101 children from families who meet the federal income guidelines in eight Pre-K, Preschool Head Start, and Early Head Start classrooms. Classes for the 2021-22 school year began July 13 for Early Head Start enrollees and August 11 for Preschool Head Start and Pre-K.
CAPNA has implemented a mask protocol for all staff and visitors who enter any of their Children’s Services facilities. This includes Lauderdale County ELC. Masks are not required for children.
Families who wish to apply for Early Head Start, Preschool Head Start, or Pre-K can do so online at capna.org/childrens-services.