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Good news for Southeast Texas children—Upbring awarded Head Start and Early Head Start contract


The Texas-based social services organization will manage four Southeast Texas campuses, benefitting 250+ children and families in need; more than two dozen staff will be hired to support the programs

Austin, TexasJuly 16, 2015 – Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, has been awarded a contract by the federal Office of Head Start to provide childhood development programs for children in an area near Houston. The four Southeast Texas centers will feature Head Start programing, and qualifying children and families in Wharton, El Campo, Palacios, and Bay City will have the opportunity to participate in this program.

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Upbring will be responsible for managing the Head Start and Early Head Start programs for more than 250 children and these new management responsibilities will also lead to the creation of more than 30 jobs between the four program centers:

  • Wharton and Palacios – Head Start
  • El Campo and Bay City – Head Start and Early Head Start

Head Start was established in 1965 and signed into law by President Lyndon B. Johnson. For more than fifty years, the program has provided far-reaching educational opportunities, early childhood development, and care for children in need. Head Start programs work with families across the United States to help ensure children have access to needed services and resources. More than one million children are served by Head Start programs every year, including children in every U.S. state and territory and in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) communities.

Head Start programs work with families to ensure they have the means to obtain health insurance, services for children with disabilities, adequate housing, job training, and more.

“We are delighted to have the opportunity to continue our service mission in new communities in Texas where the need is great,” said Dr. Kurt Senske, President and CEO of Upbring. “Head Start has a rich heritage, decades-long in the making. Upbring is committed to improving the lives of children and families and so is Head Start—together, we will ensure that every family in need has an opportunity to benefit.”

“The Bay City area has many families in need of exactly the services Head Start provides and we’re thrilled to see Upbring expanding its mission to serve them,” said Pastor Jared Stillions of Bay City’s St. Peter Lutheran Church. “Every child deserves a strong start in life and serving vulnerable children and families is Upbring’s specialty.”

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About Upbring

Upbring, the new Lutheran Social Services of the South, is a 134 year-old nonprofit organization with a rich legacy of serving vulnerable people across Texas. Empowering children, families and communities, Upbring serves more than 30,000 people annually and provides innovative programs and services for children including foster care, adoption, education, residential treatment and community services. For more information, visit



Jennifer Schattle, Vice President Marketing & Communications, Upbring

(512) 545-3965 | [email protected]



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