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REDMOND, OR -- NeighborImpact hopes to grow its Early Head Start program that serves high-risk families with infants and toddlers, "We have 22 families that we home visit in our Early Head Start program in the Redmond community, right now," says Deschutes and Crook County Head Start Director Kimberly Brown, "But, I did just put in a grant to hopefully be able to expand into all the communities, next year."

 

The program launched about a year ago. "Early Head Start participants are pregnant moms through age three. Then, at age three, they would transition into the Head Start Program," Brown tells KBND News, adding that it provides social opportunities, training and weekly home visits, "Our home visitors go into the home and use a parenting curriculum to work with the family around goals they might have, to help get them further along in life with whatever that might be. And, then we also have child goals, to help get the child school-ready."

 

NeighborImpact recently opened a new center to make it easier for these families to meet for monthly socials. A ribbon cutting was held Thursday at that facility near Consumer Cellular on the south end of Redmond. 

 

Brown says families interested in getting involved can apply online, "We serve families who are the neediest of the needy within our community, and have specific selection criteria to ensure that we are serving the neediest."

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