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The Community Action Organization of Erie County, which has coordinated Head Start services in Erie County since 1965, is taking over direct operation of Head Start services at six of nine locations now subcontracted to Bethel Head Start.

Bethel will continue to operate three sites on Main Street and Jefferson Avenue.

The CAO will now run Head Start sites at Buffalo Promise Neighborhoods, 3959 Bailey Ave.; EOC, 555 Ellicott St.; Infant of Prague, 921 Cleveland Drive, Cheektowaga; Langfield, 175 Oakmont Ave.; St. James, 500 Terrace Blvd., Depew; and the program at UB, 3435 Main St. The sites have a total capacity of 349 children.

Staffers will be able to stay in their positions but now will be under the direct employment of the CAO.

Families seeking to enroll children should call 881-5150.