The lives of more than 7,500 children and their families in East St. Louis and other parts of St. Clair County will be improved over the next five years as Southern Illinois University Edwardsville adds additional services through it’s Head Start/Early Start program. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start recently awarded a five-year grant worth more than $58-million to the program. 

Program Director G. Lynnie Bailey will manage the funding, which she says will also have a positive effect on the 198 employees at the administrative office located on the SIUE East St. Louis Center campus.  The SIUE Head Start/Early Start Program provides instructional services to children and families, as well as health and nutritional supports. For more information about the program call 482-6955 or follow visit

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