U.S. Congressman Baron Hill announced Monday that the South Central Community Action Program will receive $262,327 in grant money from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The funds will be used to expand SCCAP’s Head Start program, adding 32 more children (ages 3 to 5). The expectation is that SCCAP will be receiving this funding each year on an ongoing basis.
Here are some of the specifics of this program expansion, provided by SCCAP Head Start Director Shirley Stumpner:
We will be providing two additional 6-hour per day, full-year classes with bus transportation. Our current 6-hour per day, full year program at Lindbergh has a large wait list; this will be a great option for families that are working or going to school.
This will also add employment opportunities for two lead teachers, two teacher assistants, one family advocate, a bus driver and a monitor.
Bloomington Housing Authority has approved the use for the Walnut Woods site as one of the full-year program sites. We still need to secure one more site before our target start date of January 4, 2010. I am sure our partnership with BHA was a key factor in being awarded these competitive funds. In fact, we have some very strong partners who wrote very positive letters of support of this expansion.
Besides the community, our staff are to be recognized for their efforts gathering information, writing sections, editing and dealing with endless revisions. The first-year award is for $262,327 which includes funds for start up expenses.
Shirley was interviewed about the new grant this afternoon by reporter Dann Denny, so look for a story in The Herald-Times in the next day or two.
Also, if you’d like to read Congressman Hill’s press release announcing this grant award, click on the following link: South Central Community Action Program Head Start ARRA 9 21 09
In addition, SCCAP has received two other grants recently to support its Head Start program. We received $55,620 in Quality Improvement funds for a new Head Start bus that is wheelchair accessible. We also received a $5,000 Head Start Body Start grant for a play-place at our Lakeview Elementary site.
Another grant application that SCCAP has submitted for Early Head Start funds to make a major expansion of its program to start serving infants from birth to three, as well as pregnant mothers, is still pending. We expect to hear something on that one by mid-November.