07.25.06

Schumer Announces Over $83,000 To The Family Enrishment Network

Federal Funds To Be Provide Quality Daycare To Children And Their Families

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced a grant of $83,537 to the Family Enrichment Network Infant / Toddler Center awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC). The federal funds will provide quality daycare to children and their families.

This is great news for Greater Binghamton, Schumer said. This grant for the Family Enrichment Network will not only help to teach our children earlier in life, but will also provide a safe environment with quality professionals while their parents are at work. I will continue to fight for programs such as this that will bring new opportunities to New York.

The federal grant will help establish an infant / toddler daycare facility in Johnson City, New York to serve the families and employers in Broome County in order to address a documented need for quality infant / toddler care, and exemplify best practices in the provision of early education. The project will plan and operate a quality early child care program that will be affordable to families of all income levels and offer a research based curriculum that that will prepare children to enter Kindergarten more prepared to learn and be successful in their academic careers. The federal funds will be used for supplies and operational costs. This project will create four fulltime jobs and a minimum of 18 children and their families will have access to child care. The total cost of the project will be $167,074. The Family Enrichment Network will provide the matching funds.

Each year ARC provides funding for several hundred projects that create thousands of new jobs, improve local water and sewer systems, increase school readiness, expand access to health care, assist local communities with strategic planning, and provide technical, managerial, and marketing assistance to emerging new businesses. ARC is a federalstate partnership that works with the people of Appalachia to create opportunities for selfsustaining economic development and improved quality of life. The ARC awards grants from funds appropriated to the Commission annually by Congress.



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