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. For more than 30 years, Orange Children & Parents Together (OCPT) has provided early childhood education and family development programs to nearly 8,000 at-risk children and families who reside in the historically underserved areas of Orange, Tustin, and Garden Grove in Orange County, California. The purpose of this project is to focus efforts on the predominantly Latino community of El Modena where OCPT now operates three neighborhood-based Child Development Centers (Head Start and state-funded programs) serving approximately 240 children ages 3-5 years and their families. Program approaches for the El Modena Free To Grow Initiative include: (1) expanding the reach of the Head Start program and developing a continuum of care for at-risk families with children 0-8 years (pre/post Head Start families); (2) enhancing the family service system and providing family assessments for Head Start and non-Head Start families (in collaboration with the El Modena Family Resource Center); (3) providing formal linkages to community-based treatment; and (4) providing culturally competent outreach and foster leadership development for community strengthening.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $198,000.00

Awarded on: 5/29/2002

Time frame: 6/1/2002 - 5/31/2005

Grant Number: 45319


Orange Children & Parents Together Inc.

3530 East Chapman Avenue
Orange, 92869-3815


Maricela Rios
Project Director