Last modified: Thursday, July 09, 2015

HADLEY — The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will continue to work with Head Start programs across New England.

The institute Wednesday announced it had received a $14 million contract for the coming five years, which covers training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start programs in all six New England states.

Head Start and Early Head Start support children from birth to age 5 with early learning, health and family well-being, and Early Head Start also provides services for pregnant women.

J. Lynn Greisemer, executive director of the UMass Donahue Institute, said he was “delighted and honored” to receive the contract.

“We have been the predominant provider of training and technical assistance to Head Start in this region for the past 12 years and have gained an outstanding reputation.”

The Donahue Institute will be the sole provider of training and technical assistance to Head Start programs in New England, according to the statement. The contract was awarded by the Office of Head Start in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action, said her organization has had good experiences with the Donahue Institute.

Community Action is the anti-poverty agency for the Hampshire, Franklin and parts of Hampden County, and provides a variety of programs to low-income people, including Head Start and Early Head Start.

“We have been very happy with the services we receive from them,” Higgins said of the Donahue Institute. “They have been very helpful.”

The Donahue Institute has provided training in school readiness for Head Start participants, including working on curriculum to help a child be ready for kindergarten and in offering services for infants and toddlers, Higgins said.

UMass President Marty Meehan congratulated the Donahue Institute on receiving the contract.

“We are very proud that the University of Massachusetts has emerged as one of the national leaders in providing training and technical assistance to Head Start programs,” he said. “The Donahue Institute’s work — which complements the early childhood programs at UMass Boston and UMass Amherst — is another outstanding example of the impact that UMass is having, not just in Massachusetts, but across all of New England.”

Dave Eisenstadter can be reached at deisen@gazettenet.com.

HADLEY — The University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute will continue to work with Head Start programs across New England.

The institute Wednesday announced it had received a $14 million contract for the coming five years, which covers training and technical assistance to Head Start and Early Head Start programs in all six New England states.

Head Start and Early Head Start support children from birth to age 5 with early learning, health and family well-being, and Early Head Start also provides services for pregnant women.

J. Lynn Greisemer, executive director of the UMass Donahue Institute, said he was “delighted and honored” to receive the contract.

“We have been the predominant provider of training and technical assistance to Head Start in this region for the past 12 years and have gained an outstanding reputation.”

The Donahue Institute will be the sole provider of training and technical assistance to Head Start programs in New England, according to the statement. The contract was awarded by the Office of Head Start in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Clare Higgins, executive director of Community Action, said her organization has had good experiences with the Donahue Institute.

Community Action is the anti-poverty agency for the Hampshire, Franklin and parts of Hampden County, and provides a variety of programs to low-income people, including Head Start and Early Head Start.

“We have been very happy with the services we receive from them,” Higgins said of the Donahue Institute. “They have been very helpful.”

The Donahue Institute has provided training in school readiness for Head Start participants, including working on curriculum to help a child be ready for kindergarten and in offering services for infants and toddlers, Higgins said.

UMass President Marty Meehan congratulated the Donahue Institute on receiving the contract.

“We are very proud that the University of Massachusetts has emerged as one of the national leaders in providing training and technical assistance to Head Start programs,” he said. “The Donahue Institute’s work — which complements the early childhood programs at UMass Boston and UMass Amherst — is another outstanding example of the impact that UMass is having, not just in Massachusetts, but across all of New England.”

Dave Eisenstadter can be reached at deisen@gazettenet.com.


 


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