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DHR Selected to Receive $41 Million Child Care Grant

January 8, 2015

MONTGOMERY—Governor Robert Bentley on Thursday announced the Alabama Department of Human Resources, Child Care Services Division(DHR) has been selected to receive an Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership (EHSCCP) grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services totaling $8.3 million per year for five years.

The grant, totaling $41 million over the five-year period which begins in 2015, will be used to serve 566 children using the EHSCCP model. The model includes establishing partnerships between Head Start Programs and licensed child care centers and a statewide Family Child Care Hub.

“A strong education foundation is important to a child’s success, and investing in our children at an early age is extremely important,” Governor Robert Bentley said. “This grant is an excellent investment in Alabama’s future.”

The DHR EHSCCP program will serve eligible children already receiving child care subsidies. Teen mothers and families challenged by child abuse and neglect issues and homelessness will receive priority for participation. This statewide effort will include urban and rural counties where there are a high number of children experiencing poverty.

“We plan to use this grant to help children get the early learning they need so they are prepared to enter the public education system,” said DHR Commissioner Nancy Buckner. “Children that enter school with the proper tools have a much higher success rate than those who have received little or no preparation.”

As part of the grant process, DHR will partner with the Alabama Department of Children’s Affairs, the Alabama Department of Public Health, Auburn University and Alabama Department of Post-Secondary member schools.

 Teumbay Barnes, Child Care Outreach Organizer, can be reached at 334-262-3456 or tbarnes@focalfocal.org

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October 1, 2015

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It’s that time of year AGAIN!   It’s time to STAND FOR CHILDREN!   On Friday, November 13th the Federation of Child Care Centers of Alabama will host its ANNUAL STAND FOR CHILDREN CELEBRATION. Stand for Children is a public celebration in support of Early Care and Education programs in Alabama. Early Care and Education […]

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Equal Voice Newspaper Article Quotes Sophia Bracy Harris on State Funding for Pre-K

May 10, 2013

In the article, FOCAL’s Executive Director notes that strong support is needed for early education and that “A child doesn’t start to learn at 4. These early years are the most impressionable.” Read the full article here. Share with others!

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Spring 2013 Newsletter

February 20, 2013

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If you didn’t receive FOCAL’s Spring 2013 newsletter, you can download it here. You’ll find articles on (and photos of) our 40th Anniversary Conference, our parent mentor program, Medicaid in Alabama, childcare licensing,  civic engagement, grassroots leadership, and more. Learn how FOCAL is reaching your community today! Download now: FOCAL_2013Spring_Newsletter You can download earlier editions of […]

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FOCAL Marches for Justice

March 19, 2012

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More than a thousand people—black, brown, and white—marched and sang and carried signs and banners along the historic Selma to Montgomery Voting Rights Trail.  We reenacted the 1965 Voting Rights March to demonstrate solidarity and support for pressing issues in Alabama today: voting rights, worker rights, Black farmers, fair immigration, criminal justice, health care, public […]

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FOCAL and ACCA Launch Petition Drive

January 25, 2012

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FOCAL and  the Alabama Child Care Alliance launch a 2012 Child Care Funding Petition Drive to save child care funding in the 2013 Alabama budget. We urge concerned citizens and voters to sign the petition to show Alabama Legislators that we stand behind child care funding as a necessity for the economic growth of Alabama. […]

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FOCAL 2011 Annual Conference and SRBWI Convening, co-sponsored by the USDA Food Safety Project at Alabama State University

August 29, 2011

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Saturday, November 5, 2011 CATCH: Building Healthy Communities Dr. Shakti Butler, founder of World Trust in Oakland, California will be the featured presenter and keynote speaker for the day of workshops and sessions focusing on Communities Act To Create Hope: well-being of body, mind, and spirit. The Food Safety Project at Alabama State University will […]

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FOCAL Teams Assess Needs in Tornado Damaged Areas

May 19, 2011

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May 12, 2011.  Traveling west on Highway 14 toward Sawyerville, Alabama, in Hale County.  A couple of stops along the way and not much damage, just a few snapped trees.  The heart of the Sawyerville is a different scene.  Huge oak trees pulled up by their roots, an 18-wheeler demolished near where a mobile home […]

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CATCH Highlighted in Conference

November 22, 2010

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A press conference and release of the newly revamped CATCH Manual Communities Act To Create Hope: A Manual for Use in Community Organizing and Development kicked off the FOCAL annual conference and SRBWI convening on Friday evening, November 12.  Executive Director Sophia Bracy Harris introduced the CATCH process as an important and timely guide for […]

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FOCAL Annual Conference Nov 12-13

November 5, 2010

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You are invited to join us on November 12 – 13 when FOCAL will host our Annual Conference in Montgomery. Parents, child care staff, community people, and young men and women will participate in programs and workshops focused on our CATCH™ (Communities Act To Create Hope) program. CATCH: Getting Past the Silence will provide skills […]

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