Jackson EI/ECSE receives $10,000 grant from Cow Creek foundation
About 50 Jackson County families are expected to benefit from a $10,000 grant from the Cow Creek Umpqua Indian Foundation presented at a June 23 awards ceremony at Seven Feathers Hotel and Casino Resort.
The Jackson Early Intervention/Early Childhood Special Education program was among more than 64 nonprofit groups receiving grants totaling $374,500. Funds from the grant, which is administared by Douglas Education Service District, will be used to provide a preschool program in Gold Hill at no cost for low-income families.
Eligible children ages 3 to 5 will be able to attend Little Comets Enrichment Center. The class will be made up of children with and without disabilities and is a result of a partnership between Jackson EI/ECSE, the Central Point School District and the Southern Oregon Early Learning Hub.
“The Cow Creek tribe has been amazing to work with, from the beginning of the grant process until the award,” said Heidi Shultz, Jackson EI/ECSE supervisor. “Through this grant, more children will be able to take advantage of learning experiences at Little Comets, including the opportunity to accept similarities and differences.”
Jackson County EI/ECSE serves children ages birth to 5 in Jackson County’s nine school districts. The program provides informational, emotional and educational support for children and families of young children with developmental disabilities or delays. Plans for each child are drawn up based on individual needs. Services may include home visits, community, Head Start or child care consultation, various types of therapy (speech/language, occupational, therapy) or autism support.
All educational services are free to eligible children and their families, as are evaluations for eligibility. Find out more on this website's home page by clicking on “parents” and then “EI/ECSE.” Program information is also available by calling Heidi Schultz at 541-494-7800 or sending her email at firstname.lastname@example.org.