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To educate, equip, and empower children, families and staff through partnerships and efficient data driven systems to close the achievement gap.
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"Ready For School, Prepared for Life"


 Duval Head Start, Early Head Start

LSF Awarded $18 Million Grant to Operate
Duval County Head Start and Early Head Start Locations 


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. - March 31, 2014 – LSF, headquartered in Tampa, FL has been awarded an $18 million grant to manage Duval County’s federally-funded Head Start Programs. The grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services. LSF will be serving 1,403 children in its Head Start programs and 309 children in its Early Head Start programs. The grant period begins April 1, 2014 and the organization expects to be fully operational by June 1, 2014.

Head Start and Early Head Start are federally-funded early childhood programs for low-income families with children ages 0 through 5, including those with special needs. LSF is a Head Start Grantee in Pinellas County, the city of Belle Glade, and a Delegate agency in Hillsborough County.

“We are eager to begin work with the Head Start Programs in Duval County. LSF has significant experience in managing Head Start programs and providing services to children and families, “said LSF President and CEO Samuel Sipes.  “We look forward to working with community leaders and community partners to ensure the children and families who use these services are the real beneficiaries.”

LSF will work closely with the current interim organization, Community Development Institute Head Start (CDI HS) and other key community partners, including Children’s Home Society of Florida and Lutheran Social Services of Northeast Florida, to ensure a smooth transition.

“Lutheran Social Services is excited about partnering with LSF to add Head Start services to the work we’re already providing in nutritional education, mental health services, and children’s feeding programs, “said LSS President and CEO Wayne Rieley.

Under the $18 million grant award, $3.5 million is a non-federal share which is the portion of the total costs of the program provided by the grantee agency in the form of in-kind donations or cash match received from third parties or contributed by the agency.

Media inquiries should contact Althea of Vistra Communications at or (O) 813.961.4700, (C) 813.431.0444.

Visit or call Kelly Lynn at 813.875.1408 for more information.​ 


 Head Start

​Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide early childhood development and education; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; parent involvement opportunities; as well as family support services specific to men, women, relationships, and expectant mothers.

 Head Start and Early Head Start


Head Start and Early Head Start are early childhood programs for low-income families with children ages 0 through 4, including those with special needs.

Classrooms have an excellent teacher to child ratio: 1 teacher to 10 children in Head Start, and 1 caregiver to 4 infants/toddlers in Early Head Start. Staff members screen children to determine their overall level of development, and make ongoing assessments to monitor each child's progress. Each child is provided with experience that maximize his or her total development.

Belle Glade
301 SW 8th St.
Belle Glade,
Florida 33430
Ph#: 561-996-1718
20 W. 8th Street, Jacksonville,
Florida 32206
Ph#: 904-572-5560
3635 W. Waters Ave.,
Tampa, FL 33614
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Sofia Perez:
Palm Beach
50 South Military Trail Suite 203
West Palm Beach,
Florida 33415
Ph#: 561-233-1600
2210 Tall Pines Dr., Suite 220
Largo, Florida 33771
Ph#: 727-547-5979


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Head Start / Early Head Start
Administrative Offices
2210 Tall Pines Drive, Suite 220
Largo, Florida 33771
Phone: 727-547-5979
Fax:     727-535-6304
Duval County Head Start and Early Head Start Contact Information
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Phone:727-547-5979    Fax:727-535-6304 LSF Children and Head Start Services 2210 Tall Pines Drive, Suite 220 Largo, Florida 33771