The South Central Community Action Program is working on a grant proposal to expand our Head Start Program to serve an additional 34 children. If we receive funding, we will add two classes that are year-round and six hours per day, which is the class format that has the longest list of families waiting to be in our program.
The proposal is due to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families on June 23. We will also be applying to the same funding source to establish an Early Start Program in Monroe County. That proposal is due on July 9.
Head Start Expansion Goal: To provide comprehensive child development services to an additional 34 economically disadvantaged preschool children (ages 3 to 5) and their families in Monroe County. These Head Start services will aim to promote school readiness by enhancing the social, cognitive, physical and emotional development of the children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families. With this expansion, we will provide service for a total of 269 children, ages three to five, in Monroe County (a 13 percent increase).
Summary of Program Design: Services will be provided through two full-year, six-hour per day classes. One additional classroom will be located at SCCAP’s Lindbergh Head Start center. A site has not yet been identified for the second classroom. Children and their families will receive all of the services that are currently available through our Head Start Program.