Sunday, January 24, 2016
NAACP Partners With Low-Income Children’s Program
A recent report from the National Center for Children in Poverty showed that 44 percent of children across the nation are from low-income families. Breaking the cycle of poverty is not easy, but programs such as Head Start are helping. Head Start is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that has been providing comprehensive early childhood education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families since 1965. Now they are joining forces with NAACP to do even more.
Head Start partners with NAACP
As part of a concerted effort to work with entire low-income families rather than just the children, Head Start and NAACP have joined together to ensure that parents have full access to economic opportunities and children have a better chance for success. Not only are they helping to break the cycle of poverty, but they are also expanding access to resources that will help families achieve their goals.
What the program will provide
The additional support will help low-income families gain greater access to affordable health care and housing, and even register to vote. Under the arrangement, NAACP will manage the parent-focused Head Start programs and distribute tool kits for families, which are available at 1,700 local Head Start centers across the nation.
The partnership will focus on providing both parents and their children more economic opportunities. The outcome hoped for is explained by Head Start Executive Director Yasmina Vinci, “Expanding access to these resources is a crucial part of breaking the cycle of poverty and empowering families to achieve their own goals for education, employment, stability, and success.”
Read more at www.takepart.com/article/2016/01/19/naacp-teams-with-low-income-childrens-program