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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- Head Start is preparing for a new school year in Jacksonville busy hiring teachers, giving centers a new look and building new playgrounds.

Lutheran Services Florida has been awarded the grant to run the federal program that supports eligible families and children for early education services.

CEO Samuel Sipes says two dozen centers will open in mid August across the city. Some former locations used will not be in operation this year.

On Tuesday, LSF showed off plans to invest in new playgrounds at many of the Head Start centers. They will cost about $30,000 each.

"First of all a full day program and a full year program. They will also see all of the classrooms have degreed and certified teachers," said Sipes.

Head Start a year was taken over by the federal government as problems were found in the way the Urban League handled the program.

This year the program is funded to accommodate 1,700 children. Registration is underway with the first day of school set for August 18.

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