Inspiring Us This Week: EOA Head Start

Single parents living at or below the poverty line are often faced with really difficult decisions. Our partner agencies work tirelessly so that not EVERY decision has to be difficult. Our agencies do a lot more than what meets the eye when it comes to serving their clients. Read more about the great lengths our partner agency,  EOA Head Start will go to in order to make a difficult decision a little easier…         

 EOAHEADSTART1EOA Head Start provides early child and family education services (including health, nutrition, social services, mental health) in a no-fee child care setting in order to assist low-income (130% and below the Federal Poverty Level) infants/toddlers and pre-school children and families in obtaining overall social competence for school readiness. Last year the program provided 83,952 healthy and nutritious meals to enrolled children living at or below the federal poverty line.

EOAHEADSTART3Jane* enrolled her child in Head Start four years ago. During the Family Needs Assessment in the enrollment process, Jamie disclosed that she was expecting her second child and that she was not going to be able to continue her education (she was enrolled at Northwest Arkansas Community College) after her baby was born because she could not afford infant care. Jane further disclosed that she was the first generation college student in her family. The Family Advocate assigned to Jane ‘s family assisted her in applying for Early Head Start as a pregnant woman EOAHEADSTART2which ensured that she received appropriate prenatal services including having a medical home so that her baby would not be delivered at the Emergency Room. When Jane’s baby was 6 weeks old, he began attending Early Head Start and Jane went on to complete her 2 year degree at NWACC and transferred to University of Arkansas, Fayetteville where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Accounting in May 2015.

Her “baby” will attend Head Start in 2015-2016 for his last year as he prepares for Kindergarten as a four year old, and Jamie has opened a small business in Springdale which employs several individuals. Her oldest child completed Head Start and transitioned to public school Kindergarten in 2013 where he is at the top of the learning percentile in his class. *The names in this story have been altered to protect the individuals privacy.

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$5 a week ($260 a year) will provide:

Fifty-two (52) books for the twice-a-year book distribution to all enrolled children to ensure books in the home. (Total of 250 books distributed two times per year)

$10 a week ($520 a year) will provide:

666 snacks (total of 53,732 snacks served each year; snacks are required by Child Care Licensing and are served in the morning and in the afternoon).

$20 a week ($1,040 a year) will provide:

Seventy-four (74) hours of family services provided to enrolled children and families to ensure progress on family goals