With programs continuing in Franklin and at a newly renovated building at 300 Executive Court in Suffolk, which opened in 1995, the Children’s Center had an opportunity to expand when the federally funded Early Head Start program put out a call for proposals. The Franklin Early Childhood Commission had earlier developed an action plan to serve children ages birth to three, so the Early Head Start grant was a good fit. The Center applied for the grant and received it in 1998.
The program doubled the Center’s budget and provided childcare, health services, and transportation to families that were economically disadvantaged. Funding was received for 100 children and/or pregnant women. The Children’s Center had another opportunity to expand the Early Head Start program by 48 children in the early 2000s.