Volunteer Readers Needed

Reading to children

Volunteer Readers Needed for our Head Start Community Read Weeks, October 4-15, 2021 We are seeking volunteers from the community to come into our Head Start classrooms and read to the children. All it takes is a half-hour of your time. Slots are available daily between October 4 and 15 at 9:30 AM and 2:00 … Read more

Seeking Board Members

board meeting

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

liheap logo

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!

head start students

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

zono sanitizer

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

Christmas party

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

REACH Program graduates

REACH Program graduates

Congratulations to these three REACH Program graduates who completed their LPN training at Treasure Coast Technical College in December:  April Green, Stephanie Amanzio, and Jenetta Williams.  Stephanie was also class Valedictorian.

REACH Success Story

Briana Morgan RN

We love hearing from our REACH Family Self-Sufficiency Program clients. Here’s an update from Briana Morgan: “I came across this paper (REACH Program Self-Sufficiency Plan) we did during my pursuit to LPN in 2016. It’s crazy that the timeline matches up exactly to what I did! LPN Dec. 2017, RN school 2019, and today I … Read more

Thank You, Mrs. Gibbons

Emily Gibbons

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

1040 Tax Form

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