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ARRA Act of 2009

Overview

The following information is from www.recovery.gov – ”The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act) was signed into law by President Obama on February 17, 2009. It is an unprecedented effort to jump-start our economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act is an extraordinary response to a crisis unlike any since the Great Depression and includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.”

ARRA Fund Use

The Federal Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Head Start, awarded SUMCD the following ARRA-funded projects to improve the quality of our Head Start and Early Head Start services:

  • A 1.84% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) to reduce staff turnover by partially addressing the lack of staff salary increases over the years
  • The purchase of educational supplies and equipment to replace old and worn out classroom furniture and toys to improve the quality of Head Start and Early Head Start services
  • The installation of rubber playground services and fencing at the Taylor Park Head Start Center in Reedsville and the Early Head Start Family Center in Middleburg to improve playground safety and security
  • Partially cover rising food costs in order to maintain healthy and well-balanced meals and snacks for enrolled children
  • Partially cover changing Head Start classes from 4 days/week model to 5 days/week to better meet the needs of children and families
  • Provide Education Incentive Awards and additional training days to better meet Head Start training requirements and maintain highly qualified staff
  • Expand the Early Head Start Program to provide a combination model program to 16 additional toddlers

Additional ARRA funds were received to:

  • Improve the quality of child care to low-income infants and toddlers in Mifflin County through the Keystone Babies initiative
  • Provide additional support to low-income families through the Child Care Information Services (CCIS) program

For More Information and To Apply

  • www.recovery.gov (U.S. government’s official website, which provides easy access to data related to Recovery Act spending and allows for the reporting of potential fraud and abuse)
  • www.grants.gov (includes a link to the full text of the legislation in PDF)
  • www.FBO.gov (Federal Business Opportunities website)
  • http://oig.hhs.gov (Office of Inspector General’s website; for fraud reporting and IG reports)