Youth In Need received a $2,500 grant from the Cuivre River Electric Community Trust to support the agency’s early childhood education and family development program in St. Charles County, Lincoln and Warren Counties.
“Funds will be used for Early Head Start and Head Start programs,” said Pat Holterman-Hommes, Youth In Need’s President and CEO. “These are comprehensive child and family developmental programs that serve income-eligible families with children living in poverty, as well as expectant parents.”
Founded 39 years ago to provide shelter for homeless and runaway teens, Youth In Need has evolved to provide services that focus on crisis prevention, intervention and recovery for children, youth and families. In 2012, Youth In Need served more than 23,000 children, teens and family members at more than 40 locations in six counties in eastern Missouri, including St. Charles, Lincoln, Montgomery, Warren counties, St. Louis City and St. Louis.
Youth In Need’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive early childhood education and family development services to economically disadvantaged children and their families. Activities are created to help infants and toddlers develop gross and fine motor skills, and encourage cognitive, social and emotional growth.
Head Start programs operate throughout the year and are designed to reinforce and respond to the unique strengths and needs of each child and family. Services are provided in-home, at Youth In Need facilities, and through community childcare partners. Participants in the Head Start programs are offered encouragement, information and training through such means as personal counseling, discussion groups, courses, films, brochures, books and parent-child interaction activities.
“Our Early Head Start and Head Start programs assisted more than 7,000 children and family members last year,” said Keri Young, Vice President, Head Start. “Head Start services help families when they can be at their most vulnerable. But early childhood also is a key developmental stage where we have the opportunity to help families build a strong foundation for their children.”