Transition Resources Corporation Receives Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership Grant for Delaware County

February 3, 2015

MUNCIE, Ind. – Transition Resources Corporation (TRC) has been awarded an Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant to support the Anderson, Alexandria, Elwood and Muncie communities in their efforts to improve and expand comprehensive early care and education for infants and toddlers. The $1.7 million grant will provide 114 Early Head Start slots.

The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) developed the grants to encourage collaboration between new or existing Early Head Start grantees and child care providers. In Delaware County, TRC worked closely with the Muncie & Delaware County BY5 Early Childhood Initiative to bring child care and community organizations together to develop a grant application based on community needs. “BY5 is excited to have been able to bring together key stakeholders and garner support for the families and children in Muncie. Research shows us that our best return on investment is to focus on children ages 0-3 (when the largest amount of brain development is occurring) as well as have programs that have a two generational approach. This Early Head – Child Care Partnership accomplishes both of those goals. This investment is helping to revitalize our community so it can thrive long term,” stated Carrie Bale, BY5 Executive Director.

TRC will be partnering with three Muncie child care centers. Those centers are Huffer Memorial Children's Center, Paula Gruwell, Director; Kidz Korner Child Care Center, Sheila Scott, Director and United Day Care Center, Carol Johnson, Director. “The staff and Board of Directors are very appreciative of this opportunity and excited about the resources that will be available to children, families and staff through this cooperative project,” says Carol Johnson.

Between the three centers 82 children, 0 to 3 years old and their families will receive the benefits of the comprehensive services of the Early Head Start program. “TRC is so excited to have the opportunity to work with these 3 child care partners. All three directors are so willing to work together with us to make sure that children and families in the community receive a full range of services to help them reach their full potential,” said TRC State Director Kay Gordon.

The Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership will offer full-day and full-year, family-centered early care and education. The program will provide early, continuous, intensive, and comprehensive child development and family support services. These services include educational, health, nutritional, behavioral, and family services which enhance the physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development of participating children.

“As Director of Kidz Korner, I am very excited about this joint venture with TRC. I feel that this partnership will help us both to deliver high quality child care and education to our children in a greater capacity. Together we will be able to prepare children for kindergarten. I believe this joint venture will build a unique and innovative model and the synergy of this alliance will help us to better achieve our goals,” stated Sheila Scott.

Huffer Child Care Resource and Referral’s (CCR&R) Director, Liane Nickey has been part of the initiative from the beginning and her organization will provide training and technical assistance for child care staff as well as provide parent education services. Huffer CCR&R promotes quality child care by providing support services for families, providers and the community. “The supply for infant toddler care is not nearly enough. Licensed care for infants and toddlers is the most difficult to find because of long waiting lists. I am excited about the partnership not only for CCR&R, but also for families.” Liane Nickey, Huffer CCR&R.

As a result of the grant, TRC will also expand Early Head Start services to 8 additional children at their current Muncie location at 3900 E. Wysor Street. In Madison County, 16 additional children in Anderson and 8 children in the Elwood/Alexandria area will receive Early Head Start services.

Children and families are eligible for the Early Head Start program if the family’s income is determined to be at or below the federal poverty guidelines. Children and families are also eligible for the program if they are homeless, receiving TANF or Supplemental Security Income (SSI), or if children are in foster care. The program is federally funded. Services are provided for children with disabilities and special health needs.

For more information about Transition Resources Corporation or the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant, please visit www.transitionresources.org, contact Kay Gordon at kgordon@transitionresources.org or (765) 221-1005, extension 7111.

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