Agency History

 Agency’s History

The Head Start program in Washington County was chartered in June, 1971 by The Washington County NB & PW Club, Inc., a private non-profit organization.

          The Head Start program in Washington County was formed to wage a war on poverty in our community to provide quality services to recipients of the program.  Head Start, funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Office of Head Start is based on the premise that all children share certain needs and that child of low income families, in particular, can benefit from a comprehensive child development program to meet those needs.

          The Washington County NB & PW Club saw the need to expand and provide these services to more children and families.  Davisboro Head Start Center started in 1971 with 54 children; and today serving 148 children and their families.  In 1990 The Washington County NB & PW Club recognized the need to expand in the surrounding counties.  This is when Johnson County Head Start program was established currently serving 49 children and families.  In 1992 we received funding to pilot a Georgia Pre-K Program in Johnson and Washington Counties for the Office of Planning and Budget under the State Department of Education.  In this same year, we also opened the Glascock County Head Start Center currently serving 17 children and families.  Wilkes County Head Start was established in 1993 serving 34 children and families. 

          The Washington County NB & PW Club recognized a larger need for Washington County, because of the population size, and sought funding (CDBG) for a new building to serve more children and families.  In 1996 the Sandersville Head Start Center was constructed and became state licensed; now serving 134 children and families.  Also in this year the Georgia General Assembly created the Office of School Readiness to administer Georgia’s Pre-K Program.  On July 1, 2004, the Office of School Readiness officially became Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL).

          The Washington County NB & PW Club’s managers moved into an Administrative office in 2003 at 101 Jones Street in Sandersville.  The Administrative Staff moved into an adjoining Administrative office in 2008 located at 105 Jones Street in Sandersville.

          The Washington County NB & PW Club, Inc. is legally and fiscally responsible for five (5) state licensed centers;

Site#1:  Davisboro, Georgia (Washington County);

Site#2:  Wrightsville, Georgia (Johnson County);

Site#3:  Gibson, Georgia (Glascock County);

Site#4:  Washington, Georgia (Wilkes County); and

Site#5:  Sandersville, Georgia (Washington County);