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Head Start lengthens holiday break by 2 days

By Carolina Astrain
Nov. 19, 2013 at 5:19 a.m.


Golden Crescent Head Start students will have two more days off this holiday season compared to last year.

The extended holiday break will save the program money. Last year, students had eight days off; this year, they will have 10.

The reduction in classroom days was caused by a combination of reasons, said Rachel Parsons, Head Start executive director.

"The Victoria school district is out all week," Parsons said. "That affects our attendance on those days because some of our students have older siblings."

The organization also expects to save about $15,000 from not buying meals or turning on the electricity during the holiday break, Parsons said.

However, because the Nixon-Smiley school district's holiday break is shorter than that of the Victoria school district, the center in Nixon-Smiley will not have a reduction in classroom days, Parsons said.

Golden Crescent Head Start has centers in Calhoun, DeWitt, Gonzales, Jackson, Lavaca and Victoria counties.

The cut in class days came as a surprise to Stephanie Luna, a Head Start parent.

"It's crazy," said Luna, 24, a stay-at-home mom. "But I don't mind because it's more time that I get to spend with my son."

The Head Start weeklong Thanksgiving break begins Monday, and the Christmas break will start Dec. 23 and end Jan. 4.

While the program's classrooms will be closed, the central office will be open through Wednesday, Parsons said.

"Someone will also be here during the Christmas week," Parsons said. "... It's beneficial to look at the whole picture and see what we can conserve as an agency."

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