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Head Start

Sahil Upreti, 5, right, plays during free time at Head Start on April 13, 2016 in Twin Falls.

TWIN FALLS — Private preschool can get pricey, but more than 450 low-income local children are getting free services through Head Start.

Every month, the College of Southern Idaho’s Head Start/Early Head Start program brings a report to the college’s board of trustees. Sometimes, they’re asking for approval of something — such as to seek a grant — and sometimes it’s just an update on what’s happening at its centers.

The program uses federal funding to serve low-income families. Head Start offers preschool classes, while Early Head Start is for pregnant women, infants and toddlers up to age 3.

Here are some interesting statistics about the program, from a January CSI board packet:

561: Total enrollment

10: Centers across south-central Idaho — Rupert, Burley, Jerome, Hansen, American Falls, Hagerman, Twin Falls, Wendell, Shoshone and Buhl

62: Children enrolled who have disabilities

80 percent: December attendance rate for Head Start

4,810: Meals served in December

2,603: Snacks served in December

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