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PCCEO Head Start held an Enrollment Bash on Thursday, August 15th at Webster Head Start from 10 AM to 3 PM with a number of community agencies and resources, free food from the Peoria Area Food Bank, Raffles & Giveaways, and games for the kids. Community agencies that were present included the Boys and Girls …

PCCEO in partnership with the City of Peoria hosted a public meeting for input on the 2020 – 2024 Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Consolidated Plan. The Consolidated Plan is a planning document required by HUD. Every five years, the city creates its Consolidated Plan, which guides the distribution of federal and state …

As a child Kamera knew she wanted to be a nurse. Years later, when she earned her CNA, she was well on her way to realizing the dream – earning not just a job, but a rewarding career that her and her children could be proud of. Just when healthcare’s shifting realities seemed to threaten …

With a new school year approaching, PCCEO Head Start & Early Head Start is excited to host an enrollment and resource fair on Tuesday, July 9th from 10:00 – 3:00pm at Webster Head Start located at 923 Millman St, Peoria. PCCEO Head Start & Early Head Start serves 1,654 children, birth to age 5, and …

Each year, PCCEO Head Start & Early Head Start & Prevention Initiative hosts an annual parent awards banquet to recognize our outstanding parents that have excelled in areas that include housing, employment, volunteerism, and education. The award banquet also serves to unify the community, celebrate successes, encourage high-quality performance, and offer a meaningful way for …

Registration forms are now available for the 23rd Annual Mitchell “JJ” Anderson & Dana J. Davis All-Star Basketball camp to be held from July 15th to 18th at the Peoria Civic Center. Afternoon sessions only from (4:00 PM to 7:00 PM). The 4-day basketball camp is FREE to all boys and girls ages 8 to …

On May 28th, PCCEO Head Start installed 22 new iStartSmart Preschool Elite Computers. Each classroom will now be able to take advantage of the revolutionary learning platform that focuses on developing 18 core kindergarten readiness skills and four entry-level kindergarten skills essential for success. The research-based classroom solution features adaptive teaching technology that moves children …

Thank you to the Heart of Illinois Jeeps Organization and all the people who donated non-perishable food and hygiene products during the “Fill Your Jeep” Food Drive on May 11th. Several Jeep owners with the organization emptied out their vehicles with over 424 pounds of food to support the Peoria Area Food Food Bank. Food …

PCCEO attended The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) 2019 Annual Learning Conference in Springfield, IL from May 5th – May 7th. This year’s theme was “The Power of Community Action: Agents of Change”. This theme moves towards learning and sharing evidence-based strategies and the latest tools for disrupting poverty. As Agents of Change, …

PCCEO Is Offering The Community Services Block Grant (CSBG) Scholarships To Eligible Applicants Living In Peoria County To Assist In Obtaining Formal or Occupational Training At An Accredited Higher Education Institution In Illinois. Applicants Must Meet Income Guidelines and Have Demonstrated Positive Community/School Involvement. Students Applying For A Scholarship Who Have Completed One Year of …

April 2, 2019 – The Community Foundation of Central Illinois (CFCI) is pleased to announce the inaugural Ending Hunger Together grant recipient has been chosen. The proposal submitted by HEAL Food System Partners will be awarded $40,000 to help address food insecurity issues in the community. This collaboration includes Tazewell County Health Department (lead agency), …

WASHINGTON – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL), a member of the powerful House Appropriations Committee, announced a $6,234,234 grant for Peoria Citizens for Economic Opportunity, Inc.’s Head Start programs from the Department of Health and Human Services. Head Start promotes school readiness for young children from underserved families by providing programming to enhance their cognitive, social …

Manual Academy SkillsUSA students have taken special steps towards recognizing Head Start students in their building by hosting a literacy event for students. “SkillsUSA is a career oriented leadership organization focused on individual success at home, in the classroom, the community, and the workplace.” Sandra Burke, a coordinator for SkillsUSA explained. “The experiences and knowledge …

A substantial donation from the Caterpillar Foundation is helping to feed Illinois residents. The Peoria Area Food Bank recently announced a grant from the Foundation totaling $169,034 for needy families in Peoria and Tazewell counties, Central Illinois Proud reported. The funds will pay for more than 100,000 meals, and will aid more than 40,000 local …

Paying the electric bill at times can be a struggle, especially if your on a tight budget. Ameren Illinois and PCCEO partnered together to provide customers with a one-time grant of $150. The one-time grant was for eligible customers who are living in Peoria and meet low-income requirements during the Customer Appreciation event at George …

PCCEO Head Start and Early Head Start are each hosting Literacy Night in March. The importance of Literacy Fun Night is to assist with helping children develop an interest in books and to understand the meaning from stories and other information. Head Start Family Development Specialist Tracy Fondren says “The primary goal is to support …

Peoria, IL, February 5th, 2019 – Peoria Area Food Bank announced a $25,000 grant from the Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation to provide food for local food nutrition programs.  The food bank will purchase food with the grant that is specific to child nutrition programs such as backpack programs. “The Illinois Children’s Healthcare Foundation will allow the …

Making sound financial decisions and knowing how to manage money are critical skills to enjoying a secure financial future. Many individuals lack the knowledge necessary to make these financial choices. Lack of savings, growing debt, and dependence on Payday loans. Are all indicators that suggest access to financial literacy programs are a pressing need in …

Peoria, IL, March 8th, 2019 – The Peoria Citizens Committee for Economic Opportunity, Inc., is partnering with Ameren Illinois to implement their Energy Efficiency Program throughout Peoria County.  Ameren is committed to invest 114 million per year for the next 4 years in electric and gas efficiency programs. Participation in this innovative program will lower your …

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