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The community joined leaders from University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Boys and Girls Club to mark completion of more than $2.3 million in renovations to the Wilcox Head Start site with a ribbon cutting and open house Sept. 22.

The renovations provide a safer and healthier environment and more classroom space for children and families at the site, which is co-located with BGC at 571 Monroe St., Oshkosh

The two organizations shared the cost of the project, with UWO Head Start obtaining approval to use an estimated $1.7 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP), Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriation Act (CRRSAA) funds.

“This is truly an outstanding partnership. I think it represents UW Oshkosh’s commitment to collaborate in the community and to advance education, even in the early years, helping students achieve their greatest potential,” UWO Chancellor Andy Leavitt said.

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The collaboration with BGC allows for seamless coordination of services to children and families enrolled in both programs.

Head Start serves the Oshkosh area, which has high rates of eligible families. With a location close to where families live allows them easier access to their child’s educational setting for visiting, volunteering and participating in activities.

Head Start is a federally funded program for young children and their families. UW Oshkosh has received this federal grant for over 55 years.