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What's happening : official publication of the High Point Model City Commission. volume (None) 19??-197?, March 10, 1972, Image 1

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WHAT'S • HAPPENING Free Copy OFFICIAL PUBLICATION OF THE HIGH POINT MODEL CITY COMMISSION March 10,1972 Waiting for City's Okay Day Care Program For 500 Held In Limbo BY EMILY HEDRICK The pilot day care program for up to 500 five-and six-year-olds planned for High Point by February 1 is being held in limbo until education admin istrators can come to working agree ments on its funding, location and operational guidelines. The estimated budget of $670,000 to carry out the all-day, year-round school readiness program is available through the state Department of Social Services in contract with the Department of Public Instruction, and the Fore-See Agency (Comprehensive Community CTiild Care), a division of Guilford Technical Institute. In rural Randolph County there is a farm. And on this farm is love. The 171-acre farm near the tiny community of Sophie is operated by Youth Unlimited, a Christian organ ization devoted to young people. It’s a beautiful farm, with cows and bams and fertile fields and the happiness of people working together. What is left, however, is for the local school board to adopt the pro gram. The new child development pro gram, if put into operation here, would come as a result of a joint con tract between the two North Carolina departments. No such day care pro gram for five- and six-year-olds — children in their last year before first grade — exists in High Point at this time. In other communities where the ex perimental program is being offered. Public Instruction provides the local share of 25 percent of the total budget, while Social Services administers the At best it’s a place where young people can discover who they are. “God’s Farm,” as it’s called, is the setting for many projects involving kids, including a day program for youthful offenders, a youth outreach project contracted with Model Cities. Several youth outreach projects, such as a job development program remaining federal Title IV-A share of 75 percent. MATCHING SHARE In High Point’s case, however, the Fore-See Agency, an administrative umbrella over all other child care pro grams in the community, would pro vide the local matching share through Model Cities supplemental funds — approximately $170,000 a year if the program were fully implemented. As part of its ^cond Action Year proposal. Model Cities had charged the Fore-See Agency to develop a day care program for six-year-olds. Al ready in operation are a developmental day care program for children ages for teens, have been undertaken with Model Cities funds before. This latest venture, which came about during the commission’s first reprogramming cycle in January, is for boys ages 14-17 who have been involved in juvenile court action or who appear to be “heading for trouble.” The latest youth outreach project is headed by associate director of Youth Unlimited, Larry Thomas. Thomas has been connected with the youth organization for about three years, having become the Rev. Tom Watson’s righthand man. Watson is founder of Youth Unlimited. In the day program, boys are bussed to the farm daily Monday through Friday from High Point for outdoor work, recreation, counseling, and group therapy. Two are involved in the program presently; by summer, Thomas hopes for some 25 each week. COURT REFERS Boys will be referred by the 18th Judicial District Court Probation De partment, who maintains jurisdiction over them. Not all will have been convicted of a crime, but all must have had a record with the court. The purpose of the day camp is to give judges and probation officers an alternative to sending young male offenders to reform school or prison. While on probation under the care of Youth Unlimited, the boys will be given personal attention aimed at re- I habilitating them and helping them 1 go back to school or on to other training. “There are so many cases in High Point and the United States where there are boys in trouble, or on the verge of being sent to reform school, but they have not committed a seri ous crime,” said Larry Thomas. “The court hasn’t had any alternative but to send him. What we’re doing is to give an option to that.” (Continued on page 2) three to six, and a day care program for mentally handicapped youngsters. Early last year a kindergarten pro posal submitted to Model Cities by the school board was rejected be cause it lacked the necessary educa tional components required to draw federal matching money. Fore-See planners then sat down to design an other program to implement their third objective according to federal guide lines. When the state’s child care program was announced in the fall, it was dis covered that the Fore-See proposal was so similar that almost no altera tions were necessary in order to at tract it to High Point. The 25 per cent matching share, after all, was already available from Model Cities. NOT KINDERGARTEN A program of this nature, by virtue of the fact that it would incorporate federal (Title IV-A) money, is not a kindergarten. Rather than serving chil dren only half a day, it would be open from 6:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Such ele ments as social development, adjust ment to grotip living, good health and play habits, self-expression through art, and good attitudes would be stressed in preparation for first grade. There are several indicators from a state level that show that North Caro lina is moving toward adopting com prehensive child care programs funded through Title IV-A and other sources. A by-product of High Point’s pilot ap proach to such day care while provid- (Continued on page 2) Consumer Workshop Planned This Month A consumer education workshop sponsored by Consumer Credit Coun seling and Model Cities will be con ducted March 28 and 29. The first day of the workshop will be held in the auditorium of Astor Dowdy Towers, followed by the sec ond day in the conference room of the Chamber of Commerce. A sched ule of 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. will be observed each day. The Georgia Consumer Service is in charge of the sessions. Films and dis cussions of counseling skills, approach es to training consumers, and how to cope with money problems will be on the agenda. Contracts, loans, gyps and schemes will also be dealt with. The purpose of the forum is to inform other Model Cities operating agencies and the community at large how to handle consumers and their problems. The training is to show clients how they can help themselves in their money management. Anyone within the business or pri vate community can attend the two free sessions. To reserve a place in the seminar, call Consumer Credit Coun seling, 885-0041. JUST ONE OF THE GUYS - L^ Thomas, right, director of Youth Unlimited’s current outreach project, jokes with two participants, both of whom were referred by the court. At left is John Little, 15, a Model Neighbor hood resident, and in the center, Johnny Faircloth, 16. ^God’s Farm^ In Randolph Replaces Reform School For Young Offenders

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