A nonprofit Columbus organization can serve 108 more youngsters in the Chattahoochee Valley, thanks to a $1.3 million federal grant and $64,376 in new state funding.The Early Head Start-Child Care grant will permit Enrichment Solutions Program Inc. to expand its services for infants and young children, including 48 kids to its Early Head Start program and 40 more through a collaboration with the Childcare Network, a for-profit preschool service provider, raising the variety of program participants to 224. The grant is for 54 months, however ESP does not understand how

much cash it will certainly get in the succeeding years, ESP development coordinator Marquitta Williams told the Ledger-Enquirer in an interview Friday.Through the Georgia Pre-K program, moneyed by the states lotto to prepare 4-year-olds for kindergarten, ESP will have the ability to teach 20 more students at its Kid Development Center, 2701 11th Ave., bringing the overall to 149. Like the other centers that receive Georgia Pre-K funding, ESP will have to reapply each year for the financing, which pays for one pre-K class, the very first for ESP, Williams said.Regardless, the additional profits is a huge boost to ESPs$ 13,521,138 budget plan, made up of 85 percent in federal grants, 12 percent in state contracts, 2.5 percent in donated materials, services or facilities and 0.5 percent in personal contributions.ESP has been serving the location for 50 years. Its programs now make up nearly 1,000 kids, ages 6 weeks to 5 years, at 9 early

knowing centers in the Georgia counties of Muscogee, Chattahoochee, Clay, Quitman, Stewart and Talbot, plus Russell County in Alabama.Belva Dorsey, primarypresident of ESP, explained the effect of this news.The very first months and years of life set the phase for long-lasting advancement, she stated in a news release. Youngsters cultivate 85 percent of their intellect

, personality and skills by age 5. Early Running start provides top quality early knowing chances for kids from birth to 3. In our rural counties, early knowing and childchildcare services are restricted. Some families may not be able to manage it. This grant supports working households by offering a full-day, full-year program so that children from families with low-income have the healthy and improving early experiences they need to recognize their full potential. Through our partnership with Childcare Network, we will certainly be able to serve even more young children.Scott Cotter, chief executive officer of the Child care Network, stated in the release that the company recognizes the increasing concern that high cost of youngsterday care has on households. Therefore, we are constantly seeking alternative sources of moneying to support our programs. We significantly appreciate ESPs decision and self-confidence in Childcare Network to enable us to provide Early Running start services to our families.Childcare Network will get$350,000 to implement the Early Head Start program at its Floyd Roadway center and the new one under construction on Farr Road, which is scheduled open by the end of this year, Williams said.Early Running start promotes healthy prenatal results by offering thorough youngster advancement and household support services to babies and toddlers and their families, as well as low-income pregnant women. As part of President Barack Obamas Early Learning Effort, the United States Workplace of the Administration for Kid amp; Households has set aside $500 million for grants to turn on Early Head Start programs to partner with child care centers serving low-income families.ESP is one of eight companies in Georgia to receive this grant.Mark Rice, 706-576-6272. Follow him on Twitter@MarkRiceLE.