Transition Resources Corporation Receives Early Head Start Expansion & Child Care Partnership Grant to serve Madison County

February 3, 2015

ANDERSON, Ind. – Transition Resources Corporation (TRC) has been awarded an Early Head Start Expansion & 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.

As a result of receiving the grant, TRC Early Head Start services will be expanded to 16 additional children in Anderson and 8 children in the Elwood/Alexandria area. The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) developed the grants to help offer care and services to ensure that infants and toddlers have access to Early Head Start services in their communities.

“TRC is thrilled to be able to expand services to children and families in Madison County. We have found everyone so committed and willing to work together to make sure that children and families in this county receive a full range of services to help them reach their full potential,” said TRC State Director Kay Gordon.

The Early Head Start expansion grant 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.

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.

In Muncie, TRC will work with three child care partners to expand services to 82 additional children and families. 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. 

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 Expansion & 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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