UAPB awarded $1.4 million in federal child care grants

Will Hehemann School of Agriculture, Fisheries and Human Sciences

Pictured is a preschool class at the UAPB Child Development Center.

Pictured is a preschool class at the UAPB Child Development Center.

PINE BLUFF, Ark. – The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff (UAPB) has been awarded $1.4 million in federal Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grants by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families (ACF) for first-year implementation of a five-year project.

The grants were awarded to Dr. Marilyn Bailey, director of the UAPB Child Development Center, and will extend child care services in the targeted areas of Bradley, Chicot, Clark, Cleveland, Drew, Jefferson and Pulaski counties in southern Arkansas.

“This grant will enhance and support early learning settings to provide full-day, full-year comprehensive services that meet the needs of low-income working families, enhance access to high-quality, full-time child care, support the development of infants and toddlers through strong relationship-based experiences, and prepare them for the transition into preschool,” Dr. Bailey said.

According to the ACF, EHS-CC Partnerships aim to provide learning opportunities for young infants and toddlers in poverty nationwide. The program is administered by the Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start (OHS). Congress created EHS to address research that indicated the time from conception to age 3 is critical for human development and, in order for infants and toddlers to develop optimally, they must have healthy beginnings and the continuity of responsive and caring relationships.

“Dr. Bailey continues to serve as an advocate of quality learning experiences for children,” Dr. Brenda Martin, chair of the UAPB Department of Human Sciences, said. “Everyone involved will work hard to strengthen the partnership between the university and the various communities.”

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