Colorado River Indian Tribes Head Start Program was recently awarded a federal grant from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Administration for Children & Families in the amount of $13,826,500 for the purpose of constructing a new CRIT Head Start school. CRIT will match 20% of the awarded amount as a part of a non-federal cost-sharing requirement, bringing the total amount to $17,283,125.
The site of the new Head Start school is approximately eight acres in size, located on the corner of Mohave Road and Navajo Avenue in Parker, AZ. The new school will feature 10 classrooms with the ability to be expanded upon at a later date, a large multi-purpose room with a 500-person capacity, a playground, and a bus barn.
“This award is the culmination of a project that began approximately 14 years ago,” said CRIT Chairwoman Amelia Flores. “It’s my great pleasure to see this vision materialize and to see the actions and hard work of all those involved in making this happen. This new Head Start project will facilitate the education and well-being of future generations of our children for years to come.”
Work is expected to begin on the new Head Start school in 2024.