If a family has a need or goal – our staff are experts on local resources to point families toward the right kind of help.
But what does this mean?
For example, for years Early Head Start (EHS) staff have connected families to the Kansas Weatherization Program. This program provided a program mother and infant son with a new heating and air system, completely insulated their home, put a heating vent in a non-vented bathroom and vented their dryer. Another family is in the process of being approved for all new windows while another received new siding and appliances. This is just a sampling of what our program helps families achieve simply by being part of EHS.
“We don’t complete the paperwork for them,” says Deana Earwood, Futures family support specialist. “We guide them through the process and empower them to take advantage of the opportunity for themselves. Matching the right kind of help for a family could be just what they need to avoid a crisis.”
Home improvements such as these are critically important to the families who receive such help, but they also benefit the community as well as local contractors.
Early Head Start serves families with children ages prenatal thru age 2 who meet federal guidelines. The program focuses on parenting, fostering attachment, basic care, family strengthening, stress reduction and life skills. It also emphasizes social and emotional development and nurtures self-regulation. This is accomplished by family support staff meeting regularly with families to identify and work toward goals. The program also offers child development play group experiences and outings. If you would like to learn more about Early Head Start, contact Cindy at 620-326-8906 x245 or apply at www.futures-unlimited.org/apply.