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Two county agencies to benefit from grant

September 21, 2005|by TARA REILLY

Two Washington County agencies plan to expand programs for teen parents, after receiving a state grant to pay the increased services.

The County Commissioners on Tuesday awarded a $92,767 contract for the expanded services to Washington County Community Action Council Inc. (CAC).

The CAC will partner with the Washington County Family Center to expand the High School Credit and Adult Education Programs at the Family Center.

The grant will allow the programs to increase capacity from 18 pregnant or parenting teens to 36, according to information provided by the county.

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The money will be used for renovations, startup equipment and supplies for classrooms, child-care space and other related expenses, the information states.

The purpose of the programs is to enable teen parents to complete their high school education or equivalent. The programs also aim to provide early child care and "education experiences" for infants and toddlers of teen parents while promoting parenting skills for the teens, according to the information.

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