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Worcester Community Action Council Awarded $15,000 Grant

Friday, November 20, 2015

 

The Worcester Community Action Council has been awarded a $15,000 grant by the Greater Worcester Community Foundation to support a collaboration with Apple Tree Arts of Grafton in providing weekly music sessions in each of the agency's 14 Head Start preschool classrooms.

"These resources will enable our Head Start staff to increase our children's knowledge and appreciation of music and the fine arts. Music plays in important role in children's language learning, reading ability, creativity and overall growth and development. The music lessons are fun, engaging and really get the children excited to learn in a very creative way. We are most grateful to the Greater Worcester Community Foundation for supporting this important project," said WCAC Executive Director Jill Dagillis.

WCAC's Head Start programs provide evidence based early education and comprehensive family services to income eligible families. The program currently serves 221 children living in Southern Worcester County with classrooms located in Auburn and Southbridge.

"We are grateful to be able to increase the frequency of our music and movement classes that are offered at Head Start sites in Southbridge and Auburn that serve families in these communities as well as Leicester, Millbury, Oxford and Webster, to weekly benefiting the educational, social and emotion growth of preschooler," Jan Barlow, Apple Tree Arts' education director said. 

Music classes have been provided by the Worcester Community Action Council since 2005.

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The Worcester Community Action Council is in its 50th year as a Federally designated anti-poverty agency for Central and Southern Worcester County.

 

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