Seeking Board Members

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EOC is seeking 2 Board Members (due to expiring term limits) to serve on our 12-member Board of Directors. We are looking for members who have a passion for early childhood education and for helping low-income individuals and families keep a roof over their heads, the lights on, and increase their self-sufficiency.  Interested candidates should … Read more

Up To $5000 In Electrical Assistance Available

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EOC has has $1.1 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) funding available now for low-income Indian River County and Okeechobee County Residents. All Indian River and Okeechobee households earning up to 150% of the poverty level may apply and qualify for up to $5,000 in assistance. You do not need to be … Read more

Give Your Child a HEAD START!

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Registration Event 2021-2022 – WE OFFER Family Engagement, Qualified Teachers, Bus Transportation (limited), Health/Developmental Screenings, Parent Involvement Opportunities. …READ MORE

Thank you to PNC Foundation

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The PNC Foundation provided us with a grant to help us purchase a Zono Sanitizing Cabinet for our Northside Head Start Center in Okeechobee. The Zono will sanitize our classroom toys and learning materials and will help keep our children and staff healthy.

Adopt-A-Class a Big Sucess

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We would like to express our deepest appreciation to the following individuals, businesses, and clubs who participated in our Head Start Adopt-A-Class Program for Christmas. Their caring and generosity made it possible for each child to receive a special gift: Anna Luke Gould Cooksey Fennell PA Indian River Insurance Agency Jacqueline Jacobs Jonathan Luke Mark … Read more

Thank You, Mrs. Gibbons

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We would like to thank Mrs. Patricia Gibbons, who recently made a donation to us in memory of her daughter Emily, who was one of our Head Start teachers for 9 years.  Here is some of what Mrs. Gibbons said in her letter:  “My daughter, Emily Gibbons, worked for your Head Start Program for 9 … Read more

Changes In Tax Law Regarding Charitable Donations

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The CARES ACT (Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act) contains a provision that allows taxpayers, who do not itemize their taxes, the ability to deduct up to $300 in cash donations made to a charity in 2020 [Section 62(a)(22)].  Even if you take a standard deduction, this applies to you!  Making a donation to … Read more

We Have A New Classroom

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Our new classroom for 2-year-old children is open at our St. Helen’s Head Start Center in Gifford. Unlike our Head Start program for children age 3-5, our “Early Bird” Program is 100% locally funded. We would like to thank our funders for investing in the early childhood education of these beautiful young children. Program funders … Read more

Information on EOC Services and Covid-19

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All Head Start Sites are closed until May 1, 2020. Please continue to check our website and Facebook for updates. Utilities and Rental Assistance If you are in need of utilities and rental assistance, please contact our office at (772) 562-4177. Check Eligibility Here Online Educational Resources for Head Start children and families Distance Learning … Read more

EOC/Head Start Names New Head Start Director Effective October 1st

Franklin Johnson HS Director Announcement 8-20-19

NEW HEAD START DIRECTOR ANNOUNCED: EOC/Head Start is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr. Franklin Johnson as EOC’s new Head Start Director, effective October 1st. Frank will succeed Ms. Natalie Sanders, who is moving on to a well-deserved retirement. As the Agency’s Early Childhood Education Specialist for the last five years, Frank has been … Read more