EVANSTON - The Department of Family Services and the Headstart Collaboration Office, a section within the Department of Workforce Services today announced that the Evanston Child Development Center received a federal grant to expand high quality early learning opportunities to families with infants and toddlers in Uinta County.
"The grant will provide a funding structure to support quality comprehensive services for infants, toddlers and their families while also supporting economic growth and competitive wages for our staff," said Kendra West, Executive Director of the Evanston Child Development Center. "We are elated to begin this innovative work in our community."
Early Head Start Expansion and Child Care Partnership Grants were made available through the U.S Department of Health and Human Services and awarded on a competitive basis with five-year project periods. By coupling the funds with Early Head Start Program Standards, the partnerships will support working families by providing a full-day, full-year program so children have the healthy and enriching early experiences they need to realize their full potential.
"This is an investment in the future of Uinta County families," said Director of the Wyoming Department of Workforce Services Joan Evans. "By focusing on comprehensive high quality care and learning experiences during a critical stage in a child's life, the Evanston Child Development Center and its partners will continue to lay a strong foundation to ensure the community's children are well-prepared to succeed."
The Evanston Child Development Center is the only grantee awarded in Wyoming. The center will receive 72 funded enrollment slots per program year and an $893,580 annual budget.
"This grant is extremely important in Wyoming because it supports working families and provides funding so their children can receive high quality early care and education," said Steve Corsi, Director of the Wyoming Department of Family Services.
The Wyoming Head Start State Collaboration Office facilitates partnerships between Head Start agencies and other state entities that provide services to benefit low-income children and their families. Wyoming Head Start provides early education services for eligible, at-risk students. It also provides health services and screenings. There are over 2,500 students enrolled in Head Start programs in Wyoming.
The Center will begin outreach to eligible families for enrollment in the near future.