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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: To provide opportunities for people through education and support

Programs: Headstart program-federally funded pre-school program that provides comprehensive developmental services to low-income children. The approach is based on the philosophy that a child can benefit from a comprehensive program to foster significant child development. Head start offers both center based and home based programs to low-income children in the seven counties of: clay, effingham, fayette, shelby, moultrie, christian, and montgomery. Children, age three by september 1 to compulsory school age, who meet the federal income guidelines are the targeted population. To help enrolled children achieve their full potential head start provides comprehensive services that includes: educational, health, nutrition, parent involvement, social services, screenings, and transportation. The basic head start philosophy is to provide all children with individualized care and guidance in reaching their full potential. Ten percent of child enrollment can be from "over income" families. A minimum of ten percent of the child enrollment is made available to children with special needs, regardless of income. Grant funding is provided by the us department of health and human services, under the administration for children and families, office of head start.

low income home energy assistance program-offers assistance to low-income households to better afford the rising cost of energy through direct financial assistance, energy counseling, outreach, and education. Particular effort is placed on serving the elderly, persons with disabilities, and low-income individuals in the seven county service area of: clay, effingham, fayette, shelby, moultrie, christian and montgomery. The liheap program is designed to assist eligible low-income households with a

workforce investment act program-provides activities that increase employment, retention, earnings, and skills in the local workforce region comprised of the following fourteen counties: clark, clay, coles, crawford, cumberland, douglas, edgar, effingham, fayette, jasper, lawrence, marion, moultrie, and richland. C. E. F. S. Serves as a service provider, under contract with the illinois eastern community colleges, in the illinois local workforce area, to provide adult, youth, taa, tgaaa and disloca

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