ABC’s programs to get $7M grant
By: Velvet Spicer
“Action for a Better Community’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs will receive a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of health and Human Services for education programs for children, infants and pregnant women in Monroe County.
“Ensuring access to health and education services for young children is critical to ending the cycle of poverty that affects too many families in our community,” said Rep. Louise Slaughter, D-Perinton, in a statement. “Investments in Head Start and Early Head Start are a key component of making sure our kids are ready for success in school and life.”
ABC’s Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to 5. The program supports six centers in the Rochester region and provides direct services to more than 1,330 people.
ABC received a $6.9 million grant for the programs in 2015.”
We must make sure, as a community, that these dollars actually reach the children they are intended to serve. Preparing children for entrance into the dehumanizing system of education we currently support means more than teaching them their ABC’s.
It means strengthening within them a belief in their own self-worth, teaching them to respect themselves and others, teaching them how to control their own behavior, increasing their ability to think critically, ask questions, and problem solve. It means giving them the opportunity to discover, develop and direct their individual gifts and talents towards being strong, self-assured, creative, and inspired learners who seek out the knowledge that is denied them in our current system.
These are the key components of making sure our children are ready for success in school and life.
We must instill in our parents these same qualities of humanity so that they too know and understand that they are worthy of respect, they are gifted and talented, they can be strong, self-assured, creative and inspired learners who seek out knowledge that was denied them in their education.
Our parents must be made aware of these same aspects of educational success in order to support their child’s educational experience.
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