Two years ago, the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) partnered its Head Start program with the Colchester school system, providing free preschool educational programs for 19 low-income families at Colchester Elementary School. Head Start provides staffing and materials, and Colchester provides the space. “It’s a necessity for the success of kids as they enter into kindergarten. They need that educational foundation,” she said. According to Flynn, in the 2005-2006 school year, about 55 percent of Colchester kindergartners had attended preschool.
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The Lillian Chrostowski Award recognizes those in the community who have demonstrated outstanding service and who show a strong commitment to his/her work. Pam Lorenzo received the award this year. Pam's work at the VNA/SCC exceeds normal workplace expectations, and she makes a profound, positive effect on the community.