Mid-Michigan Community Action has received a $2.7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant will go specifically toward the organization’s head start program. The child-focused program seeks to increase the school readiness of children between 3-5 years old.
The program’s eligibility depends on the income level and is intended to help those who fall below the federal poverty line specifically, homeless families.
“The early childhood programs provided by MMCAA support the needs of children and families in our communities,” Rep. John Moolernaarm (R-MI) said. “I know the staff in Farwell works hard to provide the children in its care with a safe learning environment, and this grant will help MMCAA continue to provide those essential resources for years to come. I have advocated for Head Start funding in Congress because I know it helps residents in mid and northern Michigan, and I will continue to work across the aisle to support this important program.”
How These Programs Benefit Families
Head Start programs can provide numerous benefits for low-income families, amplifying the importance of properly funding these programs.
According to the Administration for Children and Families, these programs provide crucial early-learning opportunities for some of the most vulnerable children. The goal is to help all children to succeed especially children with physical or mental disabilities and children experiencing homelessness.
More About Head Start
So, we would be remiss if we didn’t take some time to talk about this organization. Even beyond their Head Start programs, they do provide incredible services to the communities they serve. They actually have an Early Head Start program as well, that provides support from pregnancy, all the way to three-year-old children. That programs serve families in these counties:
Beyond head start programs, the organization also seeks to aid the community by providing services in several categories. These include:
- Economic Security
- Children & Families
- Coronavirus Resources
- Flood Relief
According to the Mid-Michigan Community Action’s website, the organization is dedicated to empowering neighborhoods and eliminating poverty. They seek to serve through the programs they offer. They feature a community needs assessment on their website so community members can suggest other programs and services and give feedback.
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