Oxnard, CA — Today, Congresswoman Julia Brownley (D-Westlake Village) announced that the Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc. (CDR) will receive a discretionary grant from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for over $1 million to expand access to their Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership Program (EHS-CCP).

“As a strong supporter of Early Head Start programs, I am pleased to announce this grant to the Child Development Resources of Ventura County,” said Congresswoman Brownley. “With these new resources, CDR will be able to create and expand comprehensive, high-quality early learning systems to serve families with young children in Ventura County.”

“Child Development Resources of Ventura County, Inc. (CDR) is so pleased to be one of 31 California agencies to receive the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership grants. These funds will allow CDR to expand our Early Head Start work and build upon the successes with our local partners. We appreciate Congresswoman Brownley’s support for our grant application and her ongoing support of CDR, and early child care and education,” said Don Henniger, CDR’s Chief Executive Officer.

Since its founding in 1980, CDR has developed and maintained a distinguished reputation for excellence in providing services to low-income families in the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Among the many benefits Early Head Start programs provide are comprehensive services for children, families and teachers including:

•          health, developmental, and behavioral screening,

•          high-quality health, safety, and nutrition standards,

•          increased professional development opportunities for teachers, and

•          increased parent engagement opportunities.

CDR operates 28 Head Start/State Preschool Centers and 43 home child care sites across Ventura County. 1,228 families are served by CDR Head Start Programs, and 361 families are served by its Early Head Start programs. CDR will be receiving $1,048,676 from HHS.

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