The South Central Community Action Program (SCCAP) has been awarded a 5-year federal grant to continue operating Head Start in Monroe County.
The grant is from the Office of Head Start, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant period will be from July 1, 2014 through June 30, 2019.
The grant will allow SCCAP to serve 267 3 to 5 year olds in 17 Head Start classrooms at 10 locations in Monroe County, and 57 Early Head Start participants (prenatal to age three) at Jack’s Defeat Creek Mall in Ellettsville as well as through home-based services.
SCCAP will initially receive $2,261,947 annually for Head Start and $752,660 annually for Early Head Start. In addition, SCCAP will be responsible to obtain a non-federal match with local contributions of time and support valued at $565,487 per year for Head Start and $188,165 per year for Early Head Start.
SCCAP has provided Head Start in Monroe County since the organization’s inception in 1965. The agency was required to reapply for Head Start and Early Head Start funding this year in a competition open to nonprofit and public organizations.
SCCAP received notification on Monday evening, June 30, that it had retained the Head Start and Early Head Start funding for Monroe County.
During the competition process, SCCAP received more than 20 letters from local organizations supporting its application.
“We want to thank the many people and organizations who have helped our Head Start program to improve the lives of children from low-income families for so many years,” SCCAP Executive Director Todd Lare said. “Their help in planning and operating our program and in supporting our application is invaluable and deeply appreciated.
“We were confident that we run a high-quality child development program, but we appreciate the reaffirmation we have received through this reapplication process,” Lare said.
SCCAP Head Start is a family centered child development program whose mission is to promote school readiness. Children participate in a variety of educational activities that reflect best practices in early education based on ability and child growth.
SCCAP’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs emphasize alignment of school readiness goals, Head Start/Early Head Start National Standards, the Indiana State Academic Standards and Monroe County Smart Start to help advance the social and cognitive development of children through the provision of educational, health, nutritional, social and other services to enrolled children and families.
SCCAP is currently accepting enrollments for the 2014-15 school year. For further information or to enroll, call 812-334-8350, ext. 209.
SCCAP Head Start is also holding an open house for potential enrollees from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on July 12 at its classroom at the Broadview Learning Center, 705 W. Coolidge Dr. Head Start staff will be available to answer questions and take enrollments.
Head Start is open to all children and families regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, and disability.