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Sequestration forces cutbacks in Monroe County Head Start services for low-income children and families

Low-income children and families in Monroe County will soon feel the impact of sequestration cutbacks that are forcing the South Central Community Action Program to reduce its Head Start services and workforce. As a result of federal sequestration, SCCAP must cut 5.1 percent from its Head Start budget, which amounts to $152,000. The impact of… Continue reading Sequestration forces cutbacks in Monroe County Head Start services for low-income children and families

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Local Head Start program facing federal budget cuts

In today's Herald-Times: http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2013/02/28/schoolnews.head-start-other-preschool-programs-facing-cuts-mccsc-could-lose-560-000.stoFunding for about 1,000 Indiana children in Head Start and Early Head Start could also be cut, according to the White House. Locally, the South Central Community Action Program, which operates local Head Start and Early Head Start programs, has already been operating on 19 percent less than it did last year,… Continue reading Local Head Start program facing federal budget cuts

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Free energy efficiency improvements available

The South Central Community Action Program is seeking applicants from Brown, Monroe, Morgan and Owen counties for its Weatherization Program. The Weatherization Program reduces energy consumption in low-income households and insures that each client has a safe, operating heat source. Each client receives a furnace inspection and an energy audit. SCCAP uses private contractors to… Continue reading Free energy efficiency improvements available

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“Poverty is threatening our very democracy” ——- Tavis Smiley to kick off national lecture tour on poverty in Indianapolis on Jan. 18

I attended quite a compelling panel discussion yesterday in Indianapolis, "Poverty in America, From Safety-Net to Reliance," featuring Tavis Smiley and John Graham, Dean of IU's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The program began with a pair of SPEA graduate students presenting data showing that poverty in Indiana is worse than the usual government… Continue reading “Poverty is threatening our very democracy” ——- Tavis Smiley to kick off national lecture tour on poverty in Indianapolis on Jan. 18