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Lakes and Pines opens new Head Start Center

Rachel Swanson, lead teacher, works with a child at the Cloquet Head Start Center. The Center held a grand opening last month. Special to the Pine Journal

The Lakes and Pines Head Start Program held a grand opening for the Cloquet Head Start Center Monday, Sept. 25. Families, local politicians and the Lakes and Pines Board of Directors were invited to come see the new center, explore the innovative natural playground, make some "goo" and enjoy cookies and juice.

Cloquet Head Start Center has been open for children since June, starting with a six-week summer program and moving into a full Head Start Center on Sept. 5. The site is staffed with a lead teacher and an assistant teacher. Plans to expand staff to one more teacher are in progress.

The site is licensed to care for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. At this time, though, the program will concentrate on preschool children with a possible expansion to offer Early Head Start in the future.

"Thank you to all who were able to attend our grand opening," said Kraig Gratke, Lakes and Pines department director.