Source: United States House of Representatives – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04)
Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cole (OK-04) and Congressman Frank Lucas (OK-03) this week congratulated Community Action Development Corporation (CADC), headquartered in Frederick, after it was named a grant recipient by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The grant, totaling more than $1.3 million, will support the administration of Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Beckham, Cotton, Jefferson, Kiowa, Roger Mills, Tillman and Washita counties.
“Community Action Development Corporation has long provided assistance to those in need across several counties and many communities in Oklahoma. This includes fulfilling developmental, educational and nutritional needs of young children,” said Congressman Tom Cole. “I am delighted that this incredible agency is receiving an HHS grant to support its Head Start and Early Head Start programs serving children and families. These programs make a huge difference in the early development and well-being of children, helping provide a solid foundation for learning and thriving in school.”
“Through educational, employment, and health service programs, Community Action Development Corporation is improving the lives of countless Oklahomans and their families. I’m proud to join my friend, Congressman Tom Cole, in applauding the Agency for their work in Southwestern Oklahoma and announcing a recent grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), helping administer Head Start and Early Head Start programs,” said Congressman Frank Lucas. “Since 1965, Head Start programs have served over 36 million children from low-income families, including infants, toddlers, and preschool-aged children, by helping promote school readiness, development, and well-being through an array of services. Early childhood education plays a key role in a child’s life and puts them on the path to success, both in school and in the future. I thank Community Action Development Corporation for their work, and I applaud them on their recent announcement, which will allow additional counties, and young Oklahomans, in our state the opportunity to utilize these important programs and services.”
“On behalf of our Board of Directors, Head Start Policy Council and staff, we are very pleased to continue to offer comprehensive services to our Head Start children and families,” said Brent Morey, Executive Director of Community Action Development Corporation. “We have made some exciting improvements in our program this year, including a new educational curriculum, expansion of Early Head Start to 48 infants and toddlers, and extensive playground renovations at all of our thirteen Centers. We are also very pleased with our most recent collaboration with Southwestern Oklahoma State University by opening a three-year-old classroom on the Sayre campus, creating the opportunity for parents to pursue their education while their children enjoy the experience of Head Start. We continue to pursue excellence and quality in all of our endeavors at CADC Head Start and look forward to a bright future.”