Southeastern NEWS

                                                       Southeastern Louisiana University
                                           Public Information Office
                                           SLU 10880, Hammond, LA 70402
                                           985/549-2341/fax 985-549-2061
    Date: 3/19/02
      Contact:                           Christina Chapple 68

     HAMMOND -- Southeastern Louisiana University Head Start and Early Head Start are
now accepting applications for the fall.
     Southeastern students, staff and faculty and area residents who meet federal income
guidelines can apply to enroll their three- and four-year-olds in the Head Start program, which
offers educational and social services for low-income pre-schoolers and their families. Early
Head Start serves children ages six weeks to three years old.
     Located since 1999 in a complex at 125 W. Tornado Drive, the preschool has room for
120 three- to five-year-olds, and 24 infants and toddlers, said Director Susan Cooper. 
     While all applicants must meet income requirements, priority is given to the children of
Southeastern students and staff.  In addition, children with disabilities or special needs also
receive priority, and may be considered even if the family's income exceeds guidelines.
     Income guidelines are outlined by the federal Department of Health and Human
Services, and are based on family size and gross annual income.
     For an application appointment, call Southeastern Head Start at 985-549-5948.
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