Free to Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities

The Foundation's program, Free To Grow: Head Start Partnerships to Promote Substance-Free Communities, was designed to support selected Head Start agencies to adapt and evaluate innovative substance abuse prevention models that aim to strengthen a young child's environment, specifically the family and community.The purpose of this project is to complete the development and pilot testing of the approach to strengthen local neighborhoods by forming parent committees within Head Start communities. The parent committees will focus on addressing neighborhood issues. Members of these parent committees will receive training in leadership skills, utilize these skills on the committees and then further expand their skills by participating in neighborhood development efforts outside of Head Start. There will be three parent committees formed specifically targeting: (1) community issues; (2) health and substance abuse; and (3) cultural awareness and history. Weekly support groups for women and for Head Start staff based around alcohol and drug issues will also be established. The model is based in Washington Heights, New York, a densely populated, immigrant/Hispanic community with a very high presence of illegal drugs and drug markets.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $200,000.00

Awarded on: 10/31/1994

Time frame: 11/1/1994 - 12/31/1995

Grant Number: 21219


Ft. George Community Enrichment Center Inc.

1525 Saint Nicholas Avenue
New York, 10001-2604

Lenore M. Peay
Project Director