Alta Care Group earns top ranking for its Head Start programs


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AUSTINTOWN

Alta Care Group announced that seven of its 10 Head Start/Early Head Start locations have received the coveted 5-Star Step Up to Quality Award from the Ohio Department of Job and Family Services.

Alta Care Group, headquartered in Austintown, assumed administration of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Mahoning County in August 2015.

The purpose of the Step Up to Quality Program is to recognize and promote learning and development programs that meet quality program standards that exceed licensing, health and safety regulations. These program standards are based on national research-identifying standards which lead to improved outcomes for children, according to an Alta news release.

The 5-Star rating is the highest that can be achieved.

Alta Head Start/ Early Head Start offers educational programs for children from birth to age 5.

Services offered by Alta Head Start/Early Head Start include education, health, nutrition, disabilities, mental health, social services/family development and parent involvement.

Six Head Start centers are located in Youngstown, with additional locations in Austintown, Boardman, Campbell and Sebring. Four additional partnership locations are found in Youngstown, including in the Youngstown City Schools.

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