Overview and Inventory of HHS Efforts to Assist Incarcerated and Reentering Individuals and their Families . Incarcerated Parents Outreach Programs — PEACE, Inc.


Type of Activity: Program services

Funding Mechanism: American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) — Early Head Start Expansion

Total Available Funding: $2 Million

Number of Awards: 2

Award Amount: FY2010 - $1,017,411

FY2011 - $1,079,820

*A portion of the award amount will be used to support the Incarcerated Parents Outreach Program

Length of Project Period: November, 2009 - September, 2011. (The program has operated for 11 years with non-federal funds. AARA expansion funding will support the project for a two year period)

Federal Partners: N/A

Summary:The "locally designed" Jamesville Correctional and Early Head Start Program serve a total of 16 inmates and their children who reside in the community with relatives or in foster care homes.  Jamesville is a facility that incarcerates males and females, both of whom are enrolled in Early Head Start program.   Incarcerated women who are pregnant are enrolled into the program to be educated about parenthood and appropriate self-care.  Newborn children are allowed to stay with their mother at the facility for a maximum of one year.  All Early Head Start children and their custodial parent or guardians receive transportation to socializations that are held at the facility twice a month. 

The Family Advocates work individually with the incarcerated parent and complete weekly home visits with the families/ children in the community.  During the socializations, child development, parent/ child interaction activities and educational activities are conducted. 

The grantee employs a Transitional Family Advocate to work with inmates as they are transitioning back into the community.  The Transitional Family Advocate assists with locating housing, employment and of course works to ensure regular contact with the Early Head Start enrolled child.  This person works with a caseload of 26 inmates.

Background: See Above

Current Grantee: PEACE, Inc.

Location of Projects: Syracuse, NY

Evaluation Activities: N/A

Future Prospects: As a result of AARA expansion funding the grantee expanded the number of slots, education sessions, and monthly socialization sessions to four per month.


Ms. Jernois Ridley
Head Start Director, PEACE, Inc.
Phone: (315) 470-3300
Email: jernois.ridley@peace-caa.org

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