Early Head Start in Vail Valley wins stimulus funds
Ryan Summerlin January 25, 2010
VAIL VALLEY – Eagle County Health & Human Services’ Early Head Start program in Colorado’s Vail Valley will get $1.1 million in federal stimulus funds over the next two years. The money will support enrollment of 37 infants, toddlers and pregnant women in Health & Human Services programs, including child care and home visitations.The programs focus on children’s physical, social, emotional and intellectual development; the health of pregnant women; and parenting, says Jennie Wahrer, assistant director of Children & Family Services. “Early Head Start services provide early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services,” said Wahrer. “Research shows that these types of programs improve school readiness outcomes for children.”Through the stimulus revenue, eligible families may receive child care two to four days a week in Edwards, Gypsum or El Jebel along with home visitation support. Families must meet eligibility requirements including age, income and other criteria. In addition, families must be able to provide transportation for their child to one of the child care sites. For more information about Early Head Start child care or home visitation services, contact Eagle County Children and Family Services at 970-328-2603.