WCAP Head Start Receives National Recognition… Twice

January 18th, 2013


Waldo Community Action Partners’ Head Start program has set the bar high for themselves with the arrival of the new year. This is because not one but two individuals tied to Waldo Community Action Partners’ (WCAP) Head Start program were recognized nationally in 2012. The first was Jason Moody, a Head Start father who serves on the program’s Policy Council, Belfast Parent Group, and holds a seat on the WCAP Board of Directors representing Head Start. He now also sits on the National Center for Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Advisory Board.


Selection for the board, which meets in Boston, MA, involved a nomination and application process that took place over a three month period. Hundreds of applications were received from nominated Head Start parents, Jason being the only representative on the advisory board from the east coast selected. His direct involvement the advisory board provides an avenue for WCAP Head Start and its families and partners to have a strong voice in early childhood education on the national level, better impacting the children and families in our community.



This same community is also very proud of WCAP Head Start’s Debra Palmer. She first entered the Head Start program as a teacher and now serves as the Family Services Coordinator. Debra was nominated to be a recipient of a national award from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences in Washington, D.C. called the Bammy Award in the category of Head Start Staff Member. Once nominated by the National Office of Head Start, Debra received an outpouring of community testimonials, from past students whom she taught as a Head Start teacher to neighbors, coworkers, and friends.


The community support is what won her a place on the Academy of Education’s red carpet, where she wore a floor-length red gown that was loaned to her through WCAP’s Cinderella Project of Maine. The event, which came complete with an orchestra performing on the stage as Bammy Award recipients accepted their awards, took place in September. Debra is the first ever recipient of a Bammy Award in her category and has set the stage for all those to follow.


Waldo Community Action Partners could not be more proud of both Debra and Jason and is confident that the two of them, along with their peers, will continue to be dedicated, compassionate, and irreplaceable members of the Waldo County Head Start community.

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WCAP Meets Matching Gift Challenge

January 18th, 2013

Waldo Community Action Partners (WCAP), the largest provider of low-cost and free transportation and early childhood education in coastal Waldo County, raised more than $6,000 in the last month, successfully meeting the challenge from generous donors who offered to match the gifts dollar for dollar, according to WCAP executive director Keith Small.

“With reduced federal and state support, these private gifts become even more important,” Small said this week. “They give us the flexibility to provide services to low-income families when and where they are most needed.”

Nearly a dozen donors provided the impetus for the winter fund raising challenge, with gifts of $100 to $1,000. Nearly three dozen local businesses and individuals contributed to WCAP to meet the match. “Everyone at WCAP, Board members and staff, volunteers and clients, is very grateful to the generous contributors who made this campaign a success,” said Small. “People seem to appreciate that a matching challenge doubles the impact of their gift and helps more people in Waldo County. We may even be able to extend the challenge throughout the winter.”

WCAP is a multi-service agency that has provided Waldo County’s people with Head Start early childhood education and nutrition, transportation, housing and fuel assistance, and other important community programs since 1965. Last year it provided services to nearly 8,000 people, more than one out of every five county residents. Tax-deductible contributions can be sent to:

P.O Box 130
Belfast, ME 04915.

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9 Field Street, P.O. Box 130
Belfast, Maine 04915
Phone: (207) 338-6809