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Tonya McCreary
Director of Agency Communications
Northern Virginia Family Service Wins Grant for New Head Start Program
Oakton, VA, September 18, 2007- Northern Virginia Family Service (NVFS), an organization deeply dedicated to serving families and children, announced the successful award of the Head Start program in Arlington, VA – granted by the US Department of Health and Human Services.

The new program will take on a different approach to its already existing Early Head Start (EHS) program, which graduates children at the age of three. The Head Start program will serve over 200 children ages 3-5 in a full day, full year center-based program.

“Research has shown that the early years are the most important in the development of a child’s life,” said Sherrie Lookner, VP of the Early Childhood Department. “We are eager to be able to provide continuity to the children who are already in the EHS program. We are excited to be able to work with parents in these most important years”, she added.

NVFS plans to stabilize the current operational program already in place and looks forward to working with the community to provide the Head Start services. “We are excited to partner with parents, the community, the schools and other resources in Arlington so we can positively impact the long-term success of children in school,” said Mary Agee, President & CEO. NVFS will officially run the center starting October 15.

Northern Virginia Family Service is the largest private, nonprofit human service organization in Northern Virginia. Each year, nearly 34,000 individuals and families turn to NVFS to find housing and emergency services, early childhood programs, health & mental health services, workforce development programs, legal assistance, anti-hunger programs, and intervention & prevention programs. NVFS is an innovator of efficient and comprehensive service methods, and has been recognized nationally for its effectiveness in creating sustained financial and social independence for its clients.

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