Bright from the Start: Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning (DECAL) is pleased to announce that Southern Crescent Technical College has been named a 2019 recipient of the Two-Generation Innovation Grant (TGIG). This grant funding helps communities implement programs that promote family economic security.
Southern Crescent Technical College was awarded a Capacity Building Grant of $15,000 to fund a one-year project that began March 1, 2019, exploring two-gen policy change and programming in their areas. Specifically, this project will implement a two-generation approach to support children from low-income families with high quality learning, while supporting their families in attaining the education, training, and ultimately, the jobs that lead to economic self-sufficiency. Its goal is to support vulnerable populations by utilizing the two-generation approach, that is, considering the “whole family” when addressing barriers to and opportunities for college students who have young children, as well as families in the low-income area who have fallen prey to food, housing, employment and social insecurity. Our community partners include Childcare Network #100 of Spalding County and Georgia Farm to Early Care/Georgia Organics, with the latter offering SCTC a $5,000 in-kind match, bringing the total award to $20,000.
DECAL awards two types of the TGIG that can be used for different purposes: Capacity Building Grants and Implementation Funding Grants. Both types of grants support effective strategies that advance a two-generation approach to creating economic self-sufficiency by connecting children from low-income families with high quality early learning, while helping their parents attain education, training, and, ultimately, good paying jobs.
“Congratulations to the deserving winners for their willingness to launch innovative programs in their communities to help families become economically self-sustaining,” said DECAL Commissioner Amy M. Jacobs. “We are committed to supporting them and to continue promoting this two-gen model that strengthens families in Georgia.”
Other grant recipients included Georgia Northwestern Technical College, Central Georgia Technical College, and Quality Care for Children on behalf of Two-Gen Clayton.
“I congratulate these four organizations for working to make a positive impact on children’s ability to access high quality early learning, as well as on their parents’ ability to obtain good-paying jobs that will help them provide for their families,” said Governor Brian P. Kemp. “I commend our state’s higher education, workforce, and early learning agencies for working together to partner with communities across Georgia on these two-generation strategies.”
TGIG grant proposal developer/project manager, Dr. Roslyn Johnson-McCurry, had this to say: “Many of our students face the challenge of balancing the demands of providing quality care for their young children and families with pursuing an education, which will ultimately lead to a better life. In consequence, we are beyond excited to offer this support to the student-parents of SCTC, families and caregivers of Childcare Network #100 and the community at large. In the coming months, they will benefit from tangible resources and enhanced, family-centered support, specialized programs and innovative initiatives from our CAP Center, Student Affairs department, and dedicated faculty and staff – all made possible by this award. It will most definitely help to further our mission of developing strong students, strong careers, and ultimately strong communities.”