Nassau BOCES will receive more than $50,000 as part of $3.4 million in statewide grants Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo announced Wednesday to support early childhood to youth-aged programs in communities in need.
The $50,350 grant to the Nassau Board of Cooperative Educational Services will fund the Expand Parent Child Home Program for another 50 high-need families, including five displaced by superstorm Sandy, according to the state Office of Children and Family Services, which administers the grants.
In all, 18 community organizations statewide received awards to fund programs designed to increase services for at-risk children and youth to prevent involvement with the child welfare or juvenile justice systems and to speed their return home. Suffolk received none of the money.
"Too many children and families enter the child welfare and juvenile justice systems and stay too long when less costly and less intrusive services may prevent placements and improve long term outcomes," OCFS Commissioner Gladys Carrion said in a statement. "This funding will provide early intervention and prevention programs aimed at the educational, mental health, and physical well-being of children and youth and provide support to vulnerable families."
To reach highest-need families, priority was given to programs developed for children and youths in targeted neighborhoods selected based on rates of child abuse, foster care and detention admissions.
Funding is being provided to specialized programs and services that target at-risk children in early learning or child-care programs, as well as elementary, middle or high-school-aged youths. Agencies receiving the money are required to leverage private matching funds to support the state funds.