Outreach – Center for Community Resources received a grant for $12,000 from the Scranton Area Community Foundation in June of this year for Outreach Evidence-based Early Childhood Education. The grant will provide necessary funding for programs administered by Outreach, a state-designated Family Center, supporting early childhood education. Additionally, Outreach connects families to supplemental services that are available from the numerous nonprofit partners in the region, providing a safety net of unique services. Outreach provides families with the services and programs they need to gain family stability and economic self-sufficiency throughout Lackawanna and Luzerne Counties.

Outreach child-serving programs aim to improve school readiness through high-quality activities that enhance cognitive, social, emotional, and physical development. Outreach parenting programs allow parents to gain the skills to implement positive parenting techniques that result in improved behavioral outcomes for their children and connect them to a social network of other parents.

The Scranton Area Community Foundation has been serving the Northeastern Pennsylvania region for over 65 years as a steward, a grantmaker, a charitable resource, and a catalyst for change and growth. The Scranton Area Community Foundation was established as a community trust in 1954 by the Scranton Family, whose initial gift was the seed that has grown into a permanent vehicle for donors to accomplish their philanthropic goals while helping to support positive change within our community. Today the Scranton Area Community Foundation holds and manages a variety of funds from individuals, organizations, and corporations. Through these gifts, the Foundation responds to community needs and has provided grants to support regional nonprofits.

Outreach Center for Community Resources delivers parent/child and workforce development services and programs to the regional community to promote family stability and economic self-sufficiency. Outreach provides evidence-based early childhood programs that help families and children gain the skills needed to be healthy and productive members of the community. Outreach improves the lives of over 4,900 adults and children each year with evidence-based family development programs and other services to help them gain stability and economic self-sufficiency.

Pictured (left to right) Cathy Fitzpatrick, Scranton Area Community Foundation Grants and Scholarship Manager; Angela Seibert, Outreach Program Director Family Programs; Frank Caputo, Foundation Grants and Communications Coordinator; and Laura Ducceshi, Foundation President and CEO.