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Children are our future and we want to do as much as possible to help them along their way. Child care, education, health issues, and more lead the list. But where do we look to find the answers? There are several good starting places where we can begin the search, keeping in mind that these are only the tip of the iceberg.
1) Find All Federal Government Money Programs For ChildrenThey are described in a book called the Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance. This book is available at your local public library or the U.S. Government Printing Office http://www.gpo.gov/. You can also search the contents of this book for free on the web at https://www.cfda.gov/
2) Find All State Money Programs For ChildrenEvery state has money programs to help children. Look for your state offices of health, education, or jobs and family services. You can find them by dialing 411 and asking for your state capitol operator or be going to the web at http://www.govengine.com/ and clicking on your state.
3) Find Money For Child CareEach state operates a little differently in dealing with child care funds. To learn more about what your state has to offer, you can contact National Child Care Information Center, 243 Church Street, NW, Vienna, VA 22180; 800-616-2242; http://nccic.acf.hhs.gov/index.cfm They can direct you to resources in your area to apply for child care funds.
4) Find Health Information For ChildrenYou can search for health information through the National Health Information Center, P.O. Box 1133, Washington, DC 20013; 800-336-4797; http://www.health.gov/NHIC/
5) Find Helpful Educational Information For ChildrenThe U.S. Department of Education has established a helpful website for parents looking for information on how to help their children succeed in school. Check out http://www.ed.gov/index.jhtml or http://www.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml to see what they have to offer.
6) Find Programs Available Through the SmithsonianThe Smithsonian offers a wealth of education programs and resources. To learn more about what they offer, check them out on the web at http://www.si.edu/
7) Ask ERICThe Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education and produces a wealth of journals and literature on a wide range of educational topics. ERIC use to sponsor clearinghouses on topics like Math and Science, Elementary and Early Childhood Education, Disabilities and Gifted Education, and more. These have lost their funding, although many of the host organizations are continuing in some form. To learn how to access articles or to be referred to a specific contact go to http://www.eric.ed.gov/ or 800-LET-ERIC. To learn how to contact a clearinghouse, go to http://www.lib.msu.edu/corby/education/eric/clearinghouseplans
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Arizona children in K-12, who meet income requirements can receive up to $1,000 per child per school year. Contact the Arizona Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 2576, Mesa, AZ 85214; 480-497-4564; Fax: 480-497-4737; ChamBria@Azscholarships.org; https://www.azscholarships.org/
1) The Education Resources Institute (TERI)P.O. Box 312Boston, MA 02117800-255-TERIhttp://www.teri.org/
2) First Marblehead CorporationThe Prudential Tower800 Boylston Street, 34th FloorBoston, MA 02199-8157617-638-2231http://www.firstmarblehead.com/
3) FACTS SCHOLAR Loan ProgramP.O. Box 67037100 N. 56th Street, Suite 306Lincoln, NE 68504877-606-2587402-466-1063Fax: 402-466-1136http://www.factsmgt.com/
Provides grants of up to $2,000 to young women who propose to develop and lead projects that are focused on activism and social change. Contact The Ellen Dougherty Activist Fund, Open Meadows Foundation, P.O. Box 150-607, Van Brunt Station, Brooklyn, NY 11215; 718-768-2249; http://www.openmeadows.org/ or Email: email@example.com.
Space Camp, located in Huntsville, Alabama, offers kids ages 9-18, camp opportunities from weekends to 13 days in length. Full scholarships are available based on financial need, special learning needs or academic achievement for students in fourth through twelfth grades. Scholarships are available only for the specific 6-day programs. Scholarship students may choose from the Space Camp or the Aviation Challenge. Contact the Space Camp Scholarship Office, P.O. Box 070015, Huntsville, AL 35807; 800-63-SPACE; http://www.spacecamp.com/details.php?cat=Scholarships&program=Scholarships or http://www.spacecamp.com/
The President's Challenge will help motivate all Americans to get fit and stay active. The Challenge offers a whole series of programs designed to help improve anyone's activity level. The Active Lifestyle Program is for those just getting started with daily fitness. You choose an activity from a long list of activities provided and participate in them 60 minutes a day, 5 days a week for children 18 and younger, for a total of six weeks. Track your activity on your personal activity log online and when you are finished you can order Presidential Active Lifestyle Award. The Presidential Champions Program is for those athletes who already active and want a new challenge. You choose an activity from the list and track your activities on the online log. You earn points for each activity you log. Points are based on the amount of energy each activity burns. You can work for the Bronze, Silver or Gold awards and order them when you have attained your goal. Contact The President's Challenge, 501 N. Morton, Suite 104, Bloomington, IN 47404; 800-258-8146; http://www.presidentschallenge.org/
The Family and Medical Leave Act provides up to 12 weeks of unpaid leave in a 12 month period to take care of a new born baby or the adoption of a new family member. There are some limitations, so you'll need to check with your employer or the U.S. Department of Labor for additional information. Contact U.S. Department of Labor, Frances Perkins Building, 200 Constitution Avenue, NW 20210; 866-4-USWAGE; http://www.dol.gov/esa/whd/fmla/
The Black Student Fund has provided financial assistance and support services to African American students and their families in the Washington, DC area for over 34 years. All financial assistance is based on a sliding scale. Contact the Black Student Fund, 3636 16th Street, NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20010; 202-387-1414; http://www.blackstudentfund.org/ or firstname.lastname@example.org.