Southern Seven Head Start will reopen its Head Start Early Learning Centers on Tuesday, Jan. 5, for in-person classes. Remote learning classes are still available for families that request them.

Centers were closed on Nov. 25 due to concerns for the health, wellness and safety of all Head Start staff, children and families as cases of COVID-19 continued to rise in southern Illinois. The closure impacted Southern Seven Head Start Early Learning Centers in all seven counties of the region.

During the closure, teachers, parent coordinators and other Head Start staff remained in contact with the families they serve. These communications were also an opportunity for staff to share activities that families could do at home with their children to continue their learning experiences. Families who experienced any needs during the closures were urged to contact a staff member at their local center for assistance.

Families are reminded that the most up-to-date information will be shared online at and social media regarding virtual activities and the re-opening of all Head Start Early Learning Centers on Jan. 5.

“We thank all our Head Start families for their understanding and continued support during this difficult time,” said Shawnna Rhine, Southern Seven’s community outreach coordinator.

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