Telamon Corporation was recently awarded the Early Head Start grant and will continue to provide those services to an additional 76 children and pregnant women in the county previously served by the Sampson County Partnership for Children, Telamon officials have announced.
“It is critically important that those families who would like to continue receiving Early Head Start Services contact us immediately,” Arvelis Byrd, Telamon’s N.C. Head Start director, stated.
Telamon’s Early Head Start Program will offer a new center-based option in addition to the existing home-based program. The company currently offers comprehensive services through center-based and home-based options to approximately 1,600 children and families across North Carolina, one of a dozen states where it operates Head Start programs.
In Sampson, Telamon currently provides Head Start and Early Head Start services to a funded enrollment of 330 children in a center-based classroom option and 68 Early Head Start pregnant women, infants and toddlers in center and home-based options across the county.
“This grant opportunity will afford our program with the opportunity to expand services to an additional 76 children and expectant families,” Byrd said.
A private, non-profit, Telamon was created in 1965 by a group called the “Migrant Project” of the North Carolina Council of Churches in order to provide services to farm workers who came into the state to harvest crops. Funded by a grant from the Office of Economic Opportunity, the organization expanded to provide early childhood, employment and training, as well as housing services, to people in need in 12 states ranging from Michigan to Florida.
In addition to early childhood education and family support services offered through its Early Head Start and Head Start program, Telamon provides services and resources to residents through its Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program and its Migrant Head Start center, St. Martin’s.
During the 2010 program year, the Telamon Corporation WIA office in Clinton provided employment and training needs to just under 300 dislocated workers and low-income adults and youth.
Byrd said the company’s staff works closely with many local programs, including U Care, Sampson County Cooperative Extension, Sampson County and Clinton City Schools, Sampson County Department of Social Services, Sampson County Health Department, Sampson Community College and the Partnership for Children.
The Early Head Start grant would ensure that service continues locally and expands. It is a valuable program, Byrd attested.
“Our Telamon N.C. Head Start team works to ensure that all children enrolled in the program are school-ready and have the tools to succeed when entering pre-school and kindergarten and that all families are engaged in their children’s education,” the state director said.
Telamon Corporation’s Clinton office can be reached at 910-590-1027 or toll free at 866-437-9067.
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