Gateway Community Action Partnership’s Head Start program held a groundbreaking ceremony on Tuesday, May 19 for a new, $15 million Head Start center at 1433 Bacharach Boulevard, Atlantic City. The new center will be a haven for Atlantic City’s child education, family resources and a hub of community activities. Plans for the new center were born in the aftermath of destruction from Superstorm Sandy and is funded by Superstorm Sandy Relief Funds as coordinated through Head Start Region II. The storm severely damaged four city Head Start centers, displacing 197 children as the number of the city’s Head Start centers was reduced from five to two. The new center is designed to withstand major storm events and be LEED certified.
Alberto & Associates developed the architecture for the approximately 47,000 square foot, three-story facility which includes 20 classrooms providing room for about 300 students in both the Head Start program for children ages 3 to 5 and the Early Head Start program for infants and toddlers. The building contains two Head Start outdoor playgrounds, one Early Head Start outdoor playground, a multi-purpose room, administrative areas and family resource spaces. The center is expected to employ about 60 people in its dedicated administrative level plus offer training and clinical opportunities for staff and students in social work and nursing.
Construction of the project is set to begin later this year and is slated for a December 2016 completion.