CAMDEN- The Campbell Soup Foundation awarded Center For Family Services (CFS) a $30,000 grant for their Head Start Healthy Living, Healthy Learning summer program. The grant will give CFS the funding to continue the high quality education activities they provide to Head Start students during the school year through the summer.
The ultimate goal of CFS Head Start Healthy Living, Healthy Learning summer program is to provide a safe, healthy environment where children can continue learning throughout the summer and maintain the educational gains made throughout the school year.
The program will prepare young learners for their first year of kindergarten or for continued success in preschool, will increase their health through the provision of nutritious foods and daily exercise, and will encourage care givers to become actively involved in their own child’s classroom.
In an effort to fight childhood obesity and hunger issues, the summer program will teach children about healthy eating habits and provide children with a nutritious breakfast, lunch, and snack each day. This will be combined with dedicated time for exercise.
Educational summer programs are rarely offered in Camden City Public Schools, particularly to the pre-k age group. For the underprivileged students being served at CFS Head Start, summer learning loss is a significant issue. While many children make positive academic gains during the school year, the lack of exposure to books and continued learning opportunities during the summer causes students to regress by the start of the next school year. By continuing the high quality early childhood education program for these disadvantaged children throughout the summer, CFS will be able to make great strides to bridge the school readiness gap between Camden City’s children in poverty and their middle and upper class peers.
Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and families. CFS became the provider of Head Start in Camden County and part of Camden City in December 2011.
For more information about Center For Family Services and their Head Start program please visit www.centerffs.org
Center For Family Services is a non-profit organization whose mission is to support and empower individuals, families, and communities to achieve a better life through vision, hope and strength. It is their vision that all people lead capable, responsible, fulfilled lives in strong families and healthy communities.