Jul 8, 2013 3:21 PM by Press release

Applications accepted for Early Learning Centers in Vermilion and Lafayette parishes

United Way of Acadiana's Early Head Start, Early Learning Centers in Vermilion and Lafayette parishes are accepting applications for openings.

The centers are located at 1515 Jefferson Street in Lafayette, serving families in the 70501 zip code in Lafayette Parish, and at 802 S. St. Valerie St. in Abbeville, serving families in Vermilion Parish. Both centers offer free on-site early childhood education programs for qualifying families with infants and toddlers up to three years of age, as well as prenatal services for expecting women.

Enrollment is taking place now, and space is limited. Applications for enrollment will be taken at the following locations:

7/15 - Vermilion Parish Health Unit from 8:30 a.m. to noon
7/15 - Northgate Mall from 3-6 p.m.
7/18 - Northgate Mall from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7/19 - Lafayette Parish Health Unit from 8 a.m. to noon
7/20 - Northgate Mall from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
7/23 - Erath Library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
7/29 - Vermilion Parish Health Unit from 8:30 a.m. to noon

Parents Must Bring:
Parent ID
Birth Certificate for the Child
Social Security Card for the Child
Immunization Record for the Child
Medical Proof of Child's Disability (if applicable)
Medical Proof of Pregnancy (if applicable)
Proof of Income or Student Verification (please bring all that apply):
Income Tax Form 1040
TANF documentation
Pay stub or pay envelopes (At Least 4 Check Stubs)
Unemployment documentation
Written statement from employers
Foster care reimbursement
SSI documentation
Notarized Documentation of no income
Food Stamp Printout
SSI/SS Award Letter
Financial Aid Award Letters
Proof of Residency (Utility Bill or Copy of Lease)

Eligibility Requirements:
Family MUST live in Vermilion Parish or the 70501 zip code in Lafayette.
Children must be between the ages of 0-2.
Must meet Federal Poverty Income Guideline.
To be eligible for home-based services, a child may be between birth and two years of age. The child must be living with a parent/guardian who is available to meet for one 90-minute home-visit each week and attend two socialization events monthly.

These services are free and include developmentally-appropriate educational activities; dental, health and mental health services; family visits; and socializations. The program also accepts children with disabilities and pregnant women and provides home-based services in addition to the center-based sites.

For more information on qualifications or enrollment, please call 534-0683.



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