Family & Children’s Place (F&CP) and its partner, Community Coordinated Child Care (4-C), announced that the agencies are moving forward with plans to serve more than 550 students over the next 5 years after it was announced that the groups will receive a more than $30 million grant from the federal government’s Office of Head Start to continue the Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Jefferson County. The organizations were selected to receive the grant after jointly applying for the contract this past spring and will serve families who are at the 100 percent poverty level or earn a little more than $25,000 annually.
Both Head Start and Early Head Start will be offered to the community. Parents of eligible children who participate will be able to choose from full-day, center-based services, five days per week, as well as Early Head Start home-based services—HANDS. Center-based services will be located in Northwest Jefferson County while The Early Head Start home-based services will be available county-wide.
F&CP currently serves over 500 families HANDS program which is based on a curriculum developed by the Office of Head Start. Since the 2017-18 program year, F&CP has received over 1400 referrals indicating a clear need and demand for home-based services.
We will serve a center-based catchment area that includes ten neighborhoods (including Portland, Shawnee, Parkland, Shively, California, and several more) in west and southwest Louisville with the highest poverty rates and largest concentration of children in our community. By focusing on recruitment and provision of services within these locations, we will reach the highest need children in our service area.
In this service area, we have identified six centers, which are represented in our program design. We have also proposed a home-based catchment area that includes all of Jefferson County. We see significant demand for home-based services county-wide, as well as many families who need the comprehensive services of Early Head Start but cannot access center-based care.
Knowing this about our community, we have elected to have six centers in these key areas to serve 284 Head Start children, 160 Early Head Start, and 108 home-based services children and pregnant women – in total we will serve 552 children and families in Jefferson County.
Our home-visiting program will serve 108 children through weekly visits conducted by our Home Visiting Staff. The 90-minute home visits are comprised of educational activities that address school readiness from an early age as well as fine and gross motor skills, sensory experiences, and modeling effective learning behaviors for parents. Families will receive a minimum of 48 home visits during a 12-month period.
Head Start promotes school readiness of children under 5 from low-income families through education, health, social and other services. Delivered through 1,700 agencies in local communities, Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide services to over a million children every year, in every U.S. state and territory.
Over the next several months, both F&CP and 4-C will move forward to recruit and hire staff. Enrollment information, as well as applications for open positions, will be available in the coming weeks.
Are you Eligible?
Eligibility is generally based on family income at or below the poverty level according to the Poverty Guidelines published by the federal government. Children in foster care, homeless children, and children from families receiving public assistance (TANF or SSI) are eligible regardless of income.