National Services

Early Childhood Head Start

 

 

Mission Statement: Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community.

 

History: Head Start programs began in the summer of 1965 as part of President Lyndon Johnson's War on Poverty. Early Head Start was added in 1994. Head Start has served more than 30 million children since 1965, growing from an eight-week demonstration project to include full-day/full-year services and many program options.

 

Services:

  1. EHS-Child Care Partnerships-Early Head Start (EHS) programs are not alone! Child care programs can provide comprehensive services by partnering with EHS. More children can be served in their communities and the quality of child care can be improved. EHS can provide training for teachers and family child care (FCC) providers, work with families, and provide financial support for materials and environments

    1. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/poi/ehs-ccp/ehs.html

  2. Family Child Care Program Option-Family Child Care (FCC) is a program option where services are provided to children in a licensed family child care home. The small group size and home setting provide a nurturing, warm learning environment for infants and toddlers. EHSprograms may choose to hire FCC providers as staff or contract with them. These partnerships offer many benefits to the program, children, families, providers, and community.

    1. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/poi/family-child-care/family.html

  3. Home-Based Program Option-Many families receive Early Head Start services right in their own home! Home visitors come once a week and work with families and their children. Together, they watch and think about the child. They help the child learn using the families' interactions, daily routines, and household materials. Twice a month a small group of children, families, and their home visitors get together in groups for socializations.

    1. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/poi/home-based/home.html  

  4. MIECHV/EHS Home-Based Model-The EHS Home-Based Model is one of the evidence-based home visiting models selected for the Affordable Care Act Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) Program. All the selected models help to: improve child health; prevent child abuse and neglect; encourage positive parenting; and promote child development and school readiness. MIECHV coordinates work at the federal, state, and local levels and grants are made to states and tribal communities.

    1. http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/ehsnrc/poi/miechv-ehs/miechv.html  

 

For additional information on Head Start programs near you, visit… http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/HeadStartOffices

 

Food Banks of America

 

 

 

Mission Statement: Our mission is to feed America’s hungry through a nationwide network of member food banks and engage our country in the fight to end hunger.

 

History: For 35 years, Feeding America has responded to the hunger crisis in America by providing food to people in need through a nationwide network of food banks.

The concept of food banking was developed by John van Hengel in Phoenix, AZ in the late 1960s. Van Hengel, a retired businessman, had been volunteering at a soup kitchen trying to find food to serve the hungry. One day, he met a desperate mother who regularly rummaged through grocery store garbage bins to find food for her children. She suggested that there should be a place where, instead of being thrown out, discarded food could be stored for people to pick up—similar to the way “banks” store money for future use. With that, an industry was born.

Services:

  1. Summer Food Program for Children-Summer Food Service Programs help provide children facing hunger with nutritious meals and snacks during the summer months when free and reduced-price school lunches and breakfasts are not available.

    1. http://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/we-feed-children/summer-food-service-program/

  2. Backpack Program-The BackPack Program helps hungry children by providing them with nutritious, child-friendly and easy-to-prepare food to take home on weekends and school vacations when other resources are not available.

    1. http://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/we-feed-children/backpack-program/?_ga=1.176135200.347475858.1448854459

  3. Kids Cafe-Kids Cafe programs provide free meals and snacks to hungry children through a variety of community locations where children already gather during the afterschool hours—such as Boys and Girls Clubs, churches or public schools.

    1. http://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/we-feed-children/kids-cafe/?_ga=1.210718871.347475858.1448854459

  4. Children Hunger Corps-The Child Hunger Corps is a two-year service program designed to increase the capacity and capability of Feeding America member food banks to execute programs targeted towards the alleviation of child hunger. The program aims to increase the number of nutritious snacks and meals served to children in need

    1. http://www.feedingamerica.org/about-us/we-feed-children/child-hunger-corps/?_ga=1.206920593.347475858.1448854459

For more information watch the video located at the bottom of the page*

To find a foodbank near you visit… http://www.feedingamerica.org/find-your-local-foodbank/

Family and Children Services

 

 

 

 

 History: The Office of the Deputy Assistant Secretary and Interdepartmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development (ECD) promotes a joint approach at the federal level to improving the availability of high quality early learning and development programs. We are made up of the Office of Child Care, the Office of Head Start, and the Interagency Team.

 

Mission Statement: Within all of our programs and projects, we strive to achieve the following goals:

  • Build successful Early Learning and Development Systems across Head Start, child care, and pre-K.

  • Promote high quality and accountable early learning and development programs for all children.

  • Improve the health and safety of early learning and development programs.

  • Ensure an effective early childhood workforce.

  • Promote family support and engagement in a child’s development.

Services:

  1. Family-to-Family Health Information Centers-Family-to-Family Health Information Centers are non-profit, family-staffed organizations that help families of children and youth with special health care needs and the professionals who serve them

    1. http://mchb.hrsa.gov/programs/familytofamily/familyhics.pdf

  2. Early Intervention Programs-contact information by state and territory Part C and Section 619 are components of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), a law ensuring services to children with disabilities throughout the nation. IDEA governs how states and public agencies provide early intervention, special education and related services to eligible infants, toddlers, children and youth with disabilities.

    1. http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/actearly/parents/states.html

  3. Training and information for parents and caregivers of infants, toddlers and children with disabilities- Information for parents and people who work with parents to enable them to participate more fully and effectively with professionals in meeting the educational needs of their children with disabilities.

    1. http://www.parentcenterhub.org

  4. University Centers for Excellence in Developmental Disabilities Education, Research and Services-Several UCEDDs across the nation provide early childhood assessment services to assist with determining whether a child has a disability. If a child is screened and is considered to be at risk, the UCEDD could assist with further assessment of the child.

    1. http://www.acl.gov/Programs/AIDD/Programs/UCEDD/index.aspx

 

For more information visit… http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd  

 

Boys and Girls Club

 

 

 

 

 

 Mission Statement: To enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

 

History: Boys & Girls Clubs of America had its beginnings in 1860 with three women in Hartford, Conn.:  Mary Goodwin, Alice Goodwin and Elizabeth Hammersley. Believing that boys who roamed the streets should have a positive alternative, they organized the first Club. A cause was born. In 1906, several Boys Clubs decided to affiliate. The Federated Boys Clubs in Boston was formed with 53 member organizations – this marked the start of a nationwide Movement and our national organization. To recognize the fact that girls are a part of our cause, the national organization's name was changed to Boys & Girls Clubs of America in 1990. Accordingly, Congress amended and renewed our charter.

 

Services:

  1. Education and Career Programs-These programs help youth create aspirations for the future, providing opportunities for career exploration and educational enhancement

    1. http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/EducationCareer/Pages/EducationCareer.aspx

  2. Character and Leadership Programs-Helping youth become responsible, caring citizens and acquire skills for participating in the democratic process is the main thrust of these programs. They also develop leadership skills and provide opportunities for planning, decision-making, contributing to Club and community and celebrating our national heritage.

    1. http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/characterleadership/Pages/CharacterLeadership.aspx

  3. Health and Life Skills-These initiatives develop young people’s capacity to engage in positive behaviors that nurture their own well-being, set personal goals and live successfully as self-sufficient adults.

    1. http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/HealthLifeSkills/Pages/HealthLifeSkills.aspx

  4. The Arts Programs-Programs in this core area enable youth to develop their creativity and cultural awareness through knowledge and appreciation of the visual arts, crafts, performing arts and creative writing.

    1. http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/TheArts/Pages/TheArts.aspx

  5. Sports, Fitness and Recreation-These Club programs help develop fitness, a positive use of leisure time, reduction of stress, appreciation for the environment and social and interpersonal skills.

    1. http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/SportsFitnessRecreation/Pages/SportsFitnessRecreation.aspx

  6. Specialized Programs-These initiatives focus on meeting the significant and specific needs identified within Boys & Girls Clubs. Their broad scope complements several or all of our core program areas.

    1. http://www.bgca.org/whatwedo/SpecializedPrograms/Pages/SpecializedPrograms.aspx

 

To find a Boys and Girls Club near you visit… http://www.bgca.org/whoweare/Pages/FindaClub.aspx

Free Public Transit  

With free transit, more people will ride. It is a proven fact. It will also be more convenient and easier on the employees and more economical for the operation.  

 

To find free transportation near you visit… http://freepublictransit.org/About.php

 

 

 

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