Camden City, NJ – Center For Family Services was announced as one of the awardees of a five year federal award to lead a new Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant, which will fund a collaboration between Center For Family Services’ Head Start and local child care programs to expand high quality early learning opportunities for Camden City’s most vulnerable infants and toddlers.
“This grant will empower Center For Family Services to work together with long-standing community partners who are also committed to providing the high quality early childhood services for infants and toddlers that build a foundation for a improved educational and community outcomes,” said Richard Stagliano, Center For Family Services’ President/CEO. “We look forward to strengthening these partnerships and continuing to lay a foundation for success for our Camden City’s at-risk children.”
Through this grant, Center For Family Services will work with direct service partners to increase quality center based care for 96 children age 0-3 and their families. Partner providers include the Martin Luther Kind Child Development Center, MiCasita Child Development Center, and the Camden City Board of Education School Based Programs – Partners in Parenting – which is operated out of Woodrow Wilson and Camden High Schools.
The Early Head Start- Child Care Partnership initiative falls under President Obama’s Preschool For All Initiative and will provide access to full day, full year high quality care and early education for income eligible families with infants and toddlers.
The grantees were announced at the White House Summit on Early Education, where leaders in the early education community gathered to support President Obama’s commitment to expanding access to high-quality early education opportunities for children across the country.
“We are thrilled to see our local Head Start programs fueling change and laying the foundation for success in at-risk communities across the country,” said National Head Start Association Executive Director Yasmina Vinci. “These new federal investments in local Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships are an exciting step forward in our national commitment to ensuring every child, regardless of circumstance at birth, is given the opportunity to succeed.”