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DeWitt County expecting mothers and parents with children ages 3-5 have the opportunity for their kids to be a part of a program aimed at preparing their kids for grade school.

Community Action's Head Start and Early Head Start programs in DeWitt County are currently accepting applications for children into the program. Ashley Doyle with Community Action Partnership of Central Illinois says because the program is federally funded, the program is free to those who meet the income requirements. She adds transportation is included for the program and for the Early Head Start Program, it is a home based program.

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Doyle explains the program tries to keep the kids active through the day. She says they take part in many activities throughout the day. She compares a Head Start classroom to a preschool setting.

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The program also aims to teach the kids responsible habits. Doyle explains the kids do things such as brush their teeth after they have ate. She adds, they also eat lunch with them, and feed them healthy foods.

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Community Action Head Start is a federally funded preschool program that serves income-eligible families and children with disabilities between the ages of 3 and 5 years. The agency also offers Early Head Start services to pregnant women and children through age 3. For more information, visit www.capcil.org or you can call 217-732-2159.

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