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OCCDA to expand Head Start and Early Head Start Services in Okanogan County

Press Release

Apr 10, 2019

Okanogan County Child Development Association (OCCDA) is excited to announce a recent award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Head Start to expand Head Start and Early Head Start Services in Okanogan County.

The $1.3 million annual award allows OCCDA to increase hours of service to full day programming at Omak Head Start, Oroville Head Start, and Brewster, Omak, and Oroville Early Head Start Centers.

Head Start programs support children’s growth and development in positive learning environments through a variety of services including early learning, health, and family well-being. Head Start programs are center based preschool programs for children ages three to five. Early Head Start programs offer both home visiting and classroom programs (dependent upon age) for pregnant women and children ages birth to three.

Okanogan County Child Development Association has been providing services to children and families in Okanogan County for over 50 years. The organization provides Head Start funded programs, Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) funded pre-school, Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) funded home visiting programs, and is the local Imagination Library Affiliate. Last year, OCCDA served 352 local children and their families.

According to Jodi DeCesari, Executive Director “Over the past 18 months, OCCDA has made significant efforts to hear from local communities about their needs for children and families. These funds enable OCCDA to better meet the needs of the communities we serve and accommodate the needs of working families”

For more information about OCCDA’s programs, please visit www.occda.net. To inquire about services for your child, please call (509) 826-2466.



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