The Chaney Family Foundation has awarded $3,878 to Ozarks Area Community Action Corporation (OACAC) Head Start for the purchase of DIAL-4 kits, which will provide services to 156 pre-school children in Barry County.
The kits are developmental indicators for the assessment of learning, a tool used to facilitate collaboration between school districts and minimize the need for re-screening students.
Since 2006, Head Start's funding to local programs has increased by 4.6 percent, while the cost of living has increased by 13.6 percent. This has resulted in OACAC seeking supplemental funding sources to provide critical school readiness services to children and families.
OACAC operates the Head Start program in Barry County, which provides comprehensive early childhood and family development services in the areas of early childhood development, medical, dental and mental health; nutrition, parents involvement and family support. OACAC Head Start services are provided to income-eligible families.
Head Start is mandated to screen all children for speech, language, hearing, vision, motor and cognitive concerns within 45 days of enrollment. The purpose of these screenings is to provide early identification of developmental, behavioral and learning disabilities.
Families of children found to have the potential of one or more delays are referred to appropriate professionals and to Early Childhood Special Education in their local school districts.
The Chaney Family Foundation's mission is to benefit the welfare of children and to support public safety. By supporting the mission of OACAC Head Start, the foundation is fulfilling its vision to help children and their families overcome abuse, addiction and poverty so they can have a brighter future.
For more information on OACAC, visit www.oacac-caa.org. For information on the Chaney Family Foundation, visit familyfoundationchaney.org.