McIn­tosh Trail hon­ored for pro­grams

Lo­cal or­ga­ni­za­tion pro­vides Head Start to New­ton County

The Covington News - - Local News -

An agency that pro­vides early child­hood ed­u­ca­tion and com­pre­hen­sive ser­vices to low-in­come fam­i­lies in North Cen­tral Ge­or­gia was named this month one of the best pro­grams in the coun­try by the Na­tional Head Start As­so­ci­a­tion.

McIn­tosh Trail Early Child­hood De­vel­op­ment Coun­cil Inc., head­quar­tered in Jack­son, was one of 25 agen­cies in the coun­try to re­ceive the recog­ni­tion. The group pro­vides Head Start and Pre-Kinder­garten ser­vices to seven coun­ties in the re­gion.

“The award rec­og­nizes the ded­i­ca­tion and hard work of all the agency’s em­ploy­ees,” said Elaine Brown, McIn­tosh Trail’s Head Start and pre-Kinder­garten di­rec­tor.

The Na­tional Head Start As­so­ci­a­tion is a mem­ber or­ga­ni­za­tion of some 2,600 head Start pro­grams in the coun­try. The award will be pre­sented on April 23 in Nashville, Tenn., dur­ing an an­nual train­ing con­fer­ence.

McIn­tosh Trail op­er­ates Head Start and Pre-Kinder­garten ser­vices to nearly 700 preschool­ers in Butts, New­ton, Henry, Spald­ing, La­mar, Pike and Up­son coun­ties.

Ella Allen, McIn­tosh Trail’s ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor, said the recog­ni­tion ben­e­fits all chil­dren and fam­i­lies in the com­mu­ni­ties the agency serves.

In 2005, McIn­tosh Trail’s Head Start pro­gram was one of eight in the coun­try to re­ceive an Achieve­ment Award from the Na­tional Head Start As­so­ci­a­tion.

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