CRANSTON, RI – Donning a hard hat and swinging a ceremonial sledge hammer,
U.S. Senator Jack Reed today helped mark the start of renovations to a new Head
Start early education center facility on Broad Street, and assisted
Comprehensive Community Action Program (CCAP) with its mission of empowering
low-income families to overcome barriers to economic opportunity and
Senator Reed was joined at the event by CCAP
President and CEO Joanne McGunagle; Mayor Allan Fung; Councilman Steven Stycos
(Council Ward 1), early childhood educators, and other dignitaries.
The walls came tumbling down and the interior
will soon have a new look thanks in part to a $938,708 federal grant Senator
Reed helped secure for CCAP’s Child Development Centers Head Start Program.
When it is completed, the Head Start renovation and expansion project will give
students much-needed state-of-the-art classroom space, as well as space for
Head Start is a federal program that provides
early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to
low-income children and families. Children cared for at CCAP’s Head
Start and Early Head Start centers range from infants to three-year-olds and receive nutritious meals and snacks along with quality
care focused on educational, social, and emotional development.
“Renovating this space will help CCAP expand
their classroom space while also expanding opportunities for kids,” said Senator
Reed, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee. “We want every
child to have a chance to start off strong and achieve their full
potential. I am proud to have helped deliver these federal funds.
This is a win for the neighborhood, especially young families in need of
high-quality, affordable, comprehensive care and education that are the
hallmarks of Head Start. I commend Joanne McGunagle for her vision and
leadership and everyone at CCAP for making a positive difference. They
are preparing children to succeed, putting them on a path to a brighter future,
and improving outcomes for children, families, and our community.”
Joanne McGunagle, MPA, President and
Chief Executive Officer, CCAP, stated: “We are
thrilled to have receive this grant and grateful to Senator Reed for all his
support. As the City of Cranston’s largest child care provider this new
state of the arts child development center will give us a permeant home in the
eastern part of Cranston allowing young families’ better access to high quality
Head Start, Early Head Star and Child Care in their neighborhood.”
CCAP’s Child Development Centers Head Start
Program is being awarded the renovation grant by the U.S. Department of Health
and Human Services (DHHS) Administration for Children and Families (ACF) Office
of Head Start.
In April, 2018, CCAP purchased 1725 Broad
Street in Cranston. This new facility will allow CCAP to expand the
number of classrooms serving infants six weeks to three years of age (one
infant/toddler classroom with eight children) and children ages three to five
(two preschool classrooms with 18 children in each room). This new, state of
the art Head Start site will enable the program to be more neighborhood focused
in the northeast part of Cranston.
CCAP is the largest child care provider in
Cranston and currently serves 270 children, including 182 Head Start students
and 20 infants/toddlers in Early Head Start.
A senior member of the Senate Appropriations
Committee, Senator Reed helped secure $10.06 billion nationally for Head Start
in the FY 2019 Appropriations spending package, an increase of $200 million
over the last fiscal year.
Each year, Rhode Island receives over $27
million in federal funding to serve over 2,630 infants, toddlers, and
pre-schoolers enrolled in early learning programs like Head Start, and give
parents peace of mind that their children are being well-cared for while they
are working to support their families.