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January 31, 2013

Funding secured for Head Start computers

PLATTSBURGH — The Joint Council for Economic Opportunity has received a grant of $46,488 from the Charles R. Wood Foundation to assist in implementation of the Head Start Program’s iStartSmart project.

The iStartSmart System is an all-in-one computer learning system that focuses on the development of 18 core skills that are essential for school readiness.

The computers and software packages will establish an enhanced developmental pathway that will level the playing field for Head Start children’s enrollment into kindergarten and will build a firm foundation for future academic success, according to a news release from JCEO.

Through JCEO’s annual fundraising events, including the Golf Tournament and Golf Ball Drop, it was able to raise enough funds to purchase two iStartSmart” Systems.

The grant money will now allow JCEO to purchase the computers and software packages for the 15 remaining Head Start Centers that do not have this new learning technology.

The Charles R. Wood Foundation was founded in 1978 with its mission to provide assistance to areas of special need in the Lake George Region and surrounding areas.

Not-for-profit organizations with an emphasis on programs for children, health care and the arts are the beneficiaries of the funding. A Board of Trustees oversees the foundation with a goal to preserve the mission established by Charles R. Wood.

For more than 40 years, Head Start has offered a comprehensive early childhood program, which fosters growth and development to Clinton and Franklin counties’ economically disadvantaged population.

“The grant from the Charles R. Wood Foundation will have a profound impact on Head Start’s children ability to enter kindergarten ready to succeed,” JCEO said in a statement.

“A heartfelt thank you goes out from JCEO to the Charles R. Wood Foundation for their charitable donation.”

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