Supporters sought to save the Twin Creeks Head Start program

The Family and Community Christian Association Twin Creeks Head Start program, which has been providing services for the past 40 years at numerous locations in Venango and Crawford counties, is at risk of losing funding and jobs due to a fundamental grant becoming competitive.

A press release issued by the Meadville-based FCCA says that because of a renewal system meant to improve quality in Head Start programs, the FCCA Twin Creeks grant became competitive based on a class score from November 2013.

The score of 5.31 out of 7 fell in the bottom 10 percent of grantees, but the score falls in the middle to high range and is considered a quality score, the press release said.

If FCCA Twin Creeks loses this grant, a different agency will receive the funding, which will result in a possible loss of jobs and program quality in the area, the press release said.

With the loss of the Head Start funding, the FCCA Twin Creeks will also lose Head Start supplemental funding from the state, and that would result in more than 130 children and families losing services, the press release said.

Supporters of FCCA Twin Creeks can sign a petition on They can search the “Save the FCCA Twin Creeks Head Start Program,” and sign their name.