Childcare Network Selected as Head Start Replacement Grantee for West Central Georgia

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Childcare Network will provide high quality services to families in Heard, Harris, Carroll, Meriwether, Coweta, and Troup counties starting in September

Childcare Network has been selected by the US Department of Health and Human Services to be the Head Start grantee for a six county area in West Central Georgia. With this award, Childcare Network will be funded to serve 1,001 children with free, full day-year round services for eligible families in Heard, Harris, Carroll, Meriwether, Coweta, and Troup counties. The award was made in connection with Designation Renewal System (DRS) Cohort 3, an annual process whereby low performing grantees must recompete for their award.

"We are excited to become a first-time Head Start grantee,” said Scott Cotter, President and CEO of Childcare Network. “As the largest private provider of state sponsored Pre-K programs in Georgia and North Carolina, we have a verifiable track record of delivering high-quality preschool programs for young children. In addition, we also have experience delivering the classroom services for Head Start students through partnership agreements with other HS grantees. Becoming a grantee represents the next step in the continued evolution of our business and organization. However, we recognize that we lack the organizational experience and expertise to deliver the comprehensive family services required by the Head Start model. To fill this void, we have partnered with Shine Early Learning, a leading national provider of Head Start services, training, and technical assistance. Similar to Childcare Network, Shine has an outstanding track record of delivering comprehensive services for children and families enrolled in Head Start programs. We were impressed by their highly intentional approach to family engagement that creates systemic, positive change for families. We look forward to working with the Shine leadership team to create an exceptional program that will positively impact the lives of children and families.”

"We are extremely fortunate and proud to be partnering with an organization of the professional caliber and reputation of Childcare Network," said Henry Wilde, CEO of Shine Early Learning. "Like Childcare Network, we are fully committed to the notion that children will leave this program ready to succeed in school and in life, and I am confident that our new collaboration with their leadership team will drive positive outcomes for children and families who participate in the program. We are excited to work closely with Childcare Network to build on some of the great work already happening in these six counties to create a world class Head Start program here in Georgia.”

About Childcare Network
Childcare Network was founded in 1988 in Columbus, Georgia, with the initial acquisition of just two schools. Today, Childcare Network is the fourth largest private child care provider in the US, consisting of 218 schools in 11 states with an enrollment of over 27,000 children. Childcare Network’s schools are community based and operate five days a week throughout the year. The Company’s educational programs are individualized for ages 6 weeks through age 5, with planned activities that combine learning and fun with an appropriate mix of teacher lead and child directed activities. For more information on Childcare Network, visit

About Shine Early Learning:
Based in Harlem, NY, Shine Early Learning, a separate business of Acelero Learning, seeks to help local operators dramatically increase the impact of their Head Start programs through two separate services – Shine Assist and Shine Implement. Shine Assist is a training and technical assistance effort which partners with other Head Start providers to improve their programs through hands-on training, access to proprietary tools which have demonstrable impact on child outcomes, and the use of the Shine Insight data system. Shine Implement manages the delivery of Head Start services for a select group of partners through a suite of services including oversight of educational, family services, and program design activities, provision of proprietary tools, and use of the Shine Insight data system.

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