At 6:30am in the morning single father Melvin Blue wakes up his four and five year-old and gets them ready for school. Once they are on the bus at 7:15am is is finally able to sleep if he has a babysitter for his two year-old. He will sleep until around 2pm when he has to get up and go pick-up his children from school. He then makes dinner, works on the kid’s homework and gets everyone cleaned and ready for bed. After they are asleep and another babysitter is there, Mr. Blue goes to his job at Steak & Shake where he will work a shift from 10pm until 4am. Sometimes he will have to stay to unload a truck which means he gets home shortly before he must get the kids up and begin the whole cycle again. “It’s hard.” Melvin said. “You stop and think about it and it is sometimes too much. But I just do it and try not to think about how hard all of this is.
Melvin and many other parents just like him now see some light on the horizon after Tuesday when Family Services announced that they are the recipient of $2.2 million dollars in federal funding that will bring the Early Head Start program to Forsyth County in September of 2015. Early Head Start will operate year-round and serve low-income families with children from birth to 36 months of age providing critical education and development services.
“When combined with start-up costs, the program will receive nearly $4 million over the 18-month period, which began on March 1. The grant will add over 40 jobs to the local economy,” stated Bob Feikema the President & CEO, Family Services.