HACAP Expansion Updates

August 6, 2020

HACAP HEAD START RECEIVES GRANT TO EXPAND SERVICES TO DUBUQUE, DELEWARE AND JACKSON COUNTIES

Award totaling $2.2 million to provide early childhood education services for low-income families in the three county area

HACAP Head Start was awarded a grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on Thursday August 6 to expand early childhood education services in Dubuque, Delaware, and Jackson counties. A total of $539,476 has been awarded for HACAP Head Start to conduct operations from October 1 through the end of the year and will receive a total of $2,260,354 to cover operations in 2021.

The grant will provide a total of 190 early childcare slots for children ages 3-5. HACAP Head Start currently serves Benton, Linn, Johnson, Jones, Iowa, and Washington counties serving over 740 children.

Head Start and Early Head Start are comprehensive early childhood development programs that serve children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. As child-focused programs, they have the overall goal of increasing the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

March 27, 2020

HACAP TO MERGE WITH NONPROFIT OPERATION: NEW VIEW COMMUNITY ACTION AGENCY

On Thursday night the Board of Directors of Operation: New View Community Action, operating services in Dubuque, Delaware and Jackson counties, approved the planned merger of its organization with Hawkeye Area Community Action Program, Inc. (HACAP).

Currently, HACAP serves six counties in Eastern Iowa (Linn, Jones, Johnson, Benton, Iowa, and Washington) and the new merger would add three more counties expanding HACAP’s service area to the greater Dubuque area as well as the two rural counties. The plan after the transition is for all current Operation: New View Community Action employees to have a position with HACAP.

Prior to the merger, HACAP leadership asked that in order for a merger to take place between the two nonprofits, a $264,000 debt owed by the Operation: New View was paid off. The debt payment will be settled by Dubuque County, the City of Dubuque, and Jackson and Delaware counties each paying a pro rata share.

HACAP plans on continuing current Operation: New View’s programs such as LIHEAP, the home energy heating program, CACFP, the meal program for childcare providers and Weatherization services which provides small home improvements to low-income families that help reduce their utility costs.

HACAP’s Board of Directors has previously authorized moving ahead with merger discussions and will address the merger formally at their next meeting.