It has been 50 years since the beginning of the “War on Poverty” announced by President Johnson in 1964. With this declaration the President put in motion legislation and policies establishing the Office of Economic Opportunity and programs such as Head Start, Medicaid, Medicare, Pell Grants, and expansions to Social Security and nutrition programs including WIC and Food Stamps.  A network of Community Action Agencies (CAAs) was created blanketing our nation with grassroots poverty alleviation and economic development programs.

It is great that the Center for Financial Literacy is convening a financial literacy task force (Times Argus May 1, 2014); financial literacy is indeed a critical issue.  We at Capstone have been working on financial literacy for adults for the last 17 years.  Our hope is that the task force will not just highlight the importance of financial literacy for teenagers and adults, but also move beyond financial literacy to promoting financial capability, encouraging behavior change as well as increasing knowledge. 

Great Fruit and Yogurt Popsicle Recipe for the SummerSchool-year Head Start staff have begun their summer layoff, but everything else keeps humming along.  Early Head Start and full year staff are serving families right through the summer.  Many families are busy making their own plans for the summer season.  If you and your child are in need of ideas for healthy summer eating here’s something you can try. 


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