Options for Full-Day Services for Children Participating in Head Start . Funding Sources


For the child care portion of the day, the grantee has received funds (for the last two years) from the Child Care and Development Block Grant (CCDGB). Some parents whose children attend the full-day program also qualify for funds from the state Department of Social Services (DSS) and the Department of Social Insurance (DSI).15 WKUCCC receives these funds by billing DSI and DSS monthly for services rendered to children of eligible parents. Finally, all parents (even those enrolled in Head Start) must pay fees following a sliding scale for the non-Head Start funded portion of the day.

The program also receives limited funding from the following sources:

  • The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) — reimbursement for children's meals;
  • A Very Special Arts Project grant from the National Program of Very Special Arts and a preschool fine arts curriculum development grant from the Kentucky Humanities Council that have funded classroom art supplies, teacher training, and a part-time artist-in-residence; and
  • Associated Student Government scholarships for student parents who do not receive Federal JOBS or IV-A assistance.

Western Kentucky University provides the program with rent- free administrative offices and center space. Utilities and pest control also are provided free-of-charge. These donations are reported as part of the Head Start program's non-Federal share.