$21,000 grant to help CPCD streamline its Head Start administrative efforts

       A $21,000 grant from the Inasmuch Foundation will help the non-profit Community Partnership for Child Development (CPCD) streamline its administration services, mainly for the El Paso County Head Start program, according to Traci Eastwood-Knapp, CPCD resource development director.
       “We're all pretty excited about it,” she said. “We're not looking at cutting any programs or services for children and families. It will allow us to look for more viable ways to improve our services, including diversifying our funding base and not relying so much on government funding.”
       The grant will be used to hire a consultant from January to April of next year “to look at everything from the inside out,” Eastwood said.
       CPCD, founded in 1987, employs 85 people in its administrative offices at 2330 Robinson St. in the Midland area. County- wide, there are 305 full and part-time employees involved in Head Start - including teachers, aides, drivers and nurses. CPCD serves 1,382 children, mostly through Head Start, in 42 classrooms that are made available in schools around the city.
       The Inasmuch Foundation, based in Oklahoma, was founded in 1982 by Edith Kinney Gaylord. The foundation provides grants in the areas of education, health, human services, culture, historic preservation and the environment.
       The foundation has previously given grants to CDPC for classroom materials, Eastwood said.

Westside Pioneer article from a press release