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Oct 8, 2015

Renovated Space for Cumberland County’s Head Start/Early Head Start Programming

The Opportunity Alliance has finished renovation of its space at 215 Congress Street in Portland in order to center all of its Head Start administrative offices and concentrate its Portland programming in one location.  The renovation coincides with the hiring of a new Director of Head Start programming, Jean Cousins.

New Director and Renovated Space for Cumberland County’s
Head Start/Early Head Start Programming

Renovated Portland Space Consolidates Head Start Programming in One Location

 

PORTLAND (October 2015) – The Opportunity Alliance has finished renovation of its space at 215 Congress Street in Portland in order to center all of its Head Start administrative offices and concentrate its Portland programming in one location.  The renovation coincides with the hiring of a new Director of Head Start programming, Jean Cousins. 

 

The media is welcome to attend a reception to view the refurbished space:

October 22nd 5:30-7:30 pm; 215 Congress Street, Portland

 

With a total of six classrooms, the new center houses the largest number of Head Start classrooms in one location. These classrooms will serve infants, toddlers, and pre-kindergarten aged children.  Programming will run all-day and year round. In addition, the Congress Street space will house The Opportunity Alliance’s home visiting programs, Maine Families and Early Head Start.

 

Previously, early childhood and family education programming and administrative offices were spread out at different locations throughout Portland. The renovation of the space at 215 Congress Street allows The Opportunity Alliance to consolidate administrative functions and early childhood education and home visiting functions in one space. “Having administrative offices housed in one location supports our extensive early childhood education programming,” said Jean Cousins, new Director of Head Start and Early Head Start at The Opportunity Alliance.  “The renovations were much needed and have created a warm, nurturing space for children and families. Well thought out spaces are essential to bringing a sense of care and stability to stressed children and families. Families and staff can now feel a sense of pride in the building and administrators will be closely connected to the work in the field.”

 

Jean Cousins, a Maine native and Colby College graduate, has a Master’s degree in Social Work from New York University. She lived and worked in New York City for many years, most recently as program manager for Partnership with Children, a non-profit organization that places teams of masters-level social workers in New York City public schools in communities with the highest levels of poverty.

 

For more information on The Opportunity Alliance’s Early Childhood and Family Education programming, please contact Jim Gemmell: (207) 523-5014, jim.gemmell@opportunityalliance.org

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