The Economic Opportunity Program, Inc. of Chemung and Schuyler Counties (EOP Inc.) announces a new five-year cycle of the Head Start Program with a conversion to include Early Head Start. The program is called the EOP Birth to Five School Readiness Program. Head Start Center-Based will serve 204 children and Early Head Start Center-Based will serve 27 toddlers. Additionally, Head Start Home-Based will serve 12 children with home visits and group socialization activities and Early Head Start Home-Based will serve 50 families and 12 pregnant women/expecting families with home visits and group socialization activities.
Funding in the amount of $16Million has been granted from the Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start to be distributed over five years.
For over fifty-three years, EOP Inc. has been a community leader in building collaborative partnerships to provide individuals and families with the tools to overcome barriers and lead healthy, stable and economically self-sufficient lives.
The largest non-profit, community-based human services agency in Chemung and Schuyler counties, EOP Inc. uses a highly integrated, person-centered and strength-based approach. The agency serves as the one-stop, multi-service provider of child and youth care, family development, and energy services to more than 5,000 individuals and families annually.
Current programs at EOP Inc. include: Head Start preschool education and Early Head Start; afterschool day care and services for youth (Center of Excellence and Ernie Davis Community Center); support and advocacy services for children with developmental disabilities and their families, and literacy training for all family members. Additionally, EOP Inc. operates the Community Food for Jobs Program and Bistro, a culinary arts training and job placement program, and provides a safety net for low-income homeowners, especially the elderly, through its Energy Services Bureau.
The Administration for Children & Families (ACF) is a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. ACF promotes the economic and social well-being of families, children, individuals and communities. ACF programs aim to: empower families and individuals to increase their economic independence and productivity; encourage strong, healthy, supportive communities that have a positive impact on quality of life and the development of children; create partnerships with front-line service providers, states, localities and tribal communities to identify and implement solutions that transcend traditional program boundaries; improve access to services through planning, reform and integration; and address the needs, strengths and abilities of vulnerable populations including people with developmental disabilities, refugees and migrants
"Research shows that providing a high quality education for children before they turn five yields significant long-term benefits."
- National Education Association
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