Menendez, Booker Announce $1M in Federal Funding for Tri-County Community Action

Menendez, Booker Announce $1M in Federal Funding for Tri-County Community Action

$$$ to recruit Foster Grandparent volunteers to support early childhood education efforts at Head Start, childcare, and preschool programs.

   

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today applauded the announcement of the first $349,894 of a three-year, $1.05 million grant award from the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) to the Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc. (CAA), commonly known as the Gateway Community Action Partnership, in Bridgeton.  The grant will enable CAA to recruit and engage volunteers through the Foster Grandparent Program to tutor and mentor children and youth with exceptional need.

"This multigenerational interaction is what keeps our communities so strong,” said Sen. Menendez. “The children and young people of our community are eager to learn, and our seniors are eager to teach. I’m proud to support this program that embraces the valuable knowledge and experiences of our seniors through their capacity to act as tutors for students in Head Start and preschool programs. This funding will not only provide seniors with another vital role in our community, but also help hundreds of children learn and make significant gains in literacy and social and emotional development.”

“I applaud the Gateway Community Action Partnership for their commitment to helping innovative, inclusive, and impactful programs like Foster Grandparents to reach more children and families in New Jersey,” said Sen. Booker. “This grant will go a long way in providing the Gateway Community Action Partnership with the resources it needs to continue to expand access to early childhood education in New Jersey through the mentorship, support, and tutoring offered by Foster Grandparent volunteers.”

Created in 1965, the Foster Grandparent Program provides a way for volunteers, age 55 and over, to stay active by serving children and youth in their communities.  Foster Grandparents are role models, mentors, and friends to children with exceptional needs. These volunteers serve an average of 20 hours per week in schools, hospitals, juvenile correctional institutions, daycare facilities, or Head Start centers. Foster Grandparents not only help needy children thrive, but also experience improved mental and physical health in the process.

CAA is a dedicated community action agency that helps low- and moderate-income residents identify and overcome barriers to self-sufficiency. Through this grant, the Tri-County CAA will engage 58 Foster Grandparent volunteers to support early childhood education efforts at Head Start, childcare, and preschool programs. 

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