SENATH, MO (KAIT) - Jan. 3 UPDATE: The16,100 square foot Head Start/Early Head Start Center in Senath is expected to be complete by March and according to mayor Joe Lane, once it's completed, he expects students to move in.
The building sits a couple of blocks south of Senath-Hornersville C-8 schools.
The center will serve children in southern Dunklin County and will bring 30 new jobs to Senath.
Missouri Governor Jay Nixon announced a nearly $1 million investment on Friday to expand access to early childhood education opportunities in Senath.
The investment is through Missouri Start Smart and Nixon made the announcement on the construction site of a new Pre-K Center.
The Missouri Department of Economic Development awarded a Community Development Block Grant to Senath on behalf of the Delta Area Economic Corporation.
According to Nixon, there is a shortage of early learning opportunities for low-income families in the area and he hopes the investment will help more kids gain the skills they need for kindergarten.
"The studies are in, it clearly shows that quality preschool means that kids are five times more likely to be at level in math and reading at third grade," said Governor Nixon.
The new facility will provide 108 early learning slots for low-income families in the area.
Nixon said to date, $23.1 million in Missouri Start Smart grants have been awarded for 24 projects state-wide.
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