MECOSTA, OSCEOLA -- Mid Michigan Community Action Agency has received $175,761 through the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act for the Early Head Start program.

These funds will support Early Head Start services for those who are pregnant and children from birth through 3 in Clare, Gladwin, Mecosta, Midland, and Osceola Counties.

Mid Michigan CAA's Early Head start programs plan to use the CARES Act funding to provide critical support to enrolled children and families.

"During this pandemic we have continued to provide services including basic need support, education, and community resources to support health and mental health well-being. Staff receive emergency preparedness and infectious disease management training to ensure the safety of the children as well as themselves. The health and well-being of the children, families and staff is our highest priority," said Sue Harvey, Early Childhood Director at Mid Michigan CAA. The program continues to add virtual learning opportunities to engage with children and families.

Nationally, $750 million has been designated for Head Start and Early Head Start programs to support preventative, preparedness, and response activities related to the coronavirus through the CARES Act.

"We know that investing in programs that use a whole family approach to learning and development can be pivotal to the success of children and families," said Lynn Johnson, assistant secretary for the Administration for Children and Families. "During this pandemic, it is important to support programs that enrich and enlighten children, families, and communities as they work towards their goals and make concentrated efforts to improve their future post the pandemic."

Mid Michigan CAA's Early Head Start is enrolling now. Call 1-877-386-4406 to complete an interest form.

Learn more about Mid Michigan CAA's Early Head Start programs at mmcaa.org/ecs. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn at @midmichigancommunityaction to see all our news and updates.

Find additional information about Head Start programming specific to this public health crisis on the Early Childhood Learning and Knowledge Center website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/coronavirus

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