Community Action Partnership of Lancaster and Saunders Counties received $10,000 in June from the Ameritas Charitable Foundation to help support Early Head Start and Head Start programs.

These early childhood education programs serve 421 babies, toddlers, preschoolers, expectant women and their families in Lancaster and Saunders Counties.

Early Head Start and Head Start programs focus on readiness – getting children ready for school, families ready to support their child’s development and schools ready to prepare the children who walk through their doors to graduate from high school. Not only do children receive the high-quality early learning interventions they need to be ready for kindergarten, their families receive empowering support to reach parenting, employment, education, nutrition and other goals. Programs focus on targeting and enrolling our community’s most vulnerable children.

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All enrolled children live below the poverty level, are homeless, in foster care or have a verified disability. Services provided through the programs are offered at no cost to families, which is why financial contributions, such as that from Ameritas, and volunteer support are critically important.

“Community Action Head Start depends upon the generous financial support from our community to prepare our children for success in school,” said Jill Bomberger, Early Head Start and Head Start director at Community Action. “We thank Ameritas Charitable Foundation for its continued support and partnership.”

“Ameritas sees the impact Community Action has on the community, and we hope this contribution helps fund their essential programs,” said Liz Ring Carlson, Ameritas second vice president - corporate communications and community relations. “Programs like Early Head Start help fulfill the lives of our communities’ most vulnerable children and families.”

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