History of BCCAP
Burlington County Community Action Program (BCCAP) is a private, non-profit social service agency established in 1965 to serve the low-income population of Burlington County. BCCAP is governed by a 21-member Board of Trustees, including one-third representation from the private sector, one-third from elected public officials, and one-third from the low-income population.
BCCAP exists to combat the causes and reduce the effects of poverty in Burlington County by:
- Promoting self-sufficiency and removing barriers to self-sufficiency.
- Maximizing participation of our customers in the development and implementation of our programs. Testing new approaches to solving basic causes of poverty.
- Supporting self-help groups that promote self- sufficiency.
- Working to better organize services related to the needs of the poor and broadening resource base of programs directed to the elimination of poverty.
BCCAP Head Start/Early Head Start Mission
- To provide a progressive, developmentally appropriate early childhood education in a creative, family and child-orientated environment.
- In partnership with families and our community, Head Start is committed to family-focused, participative, comprehensive programs built on high standards and compassion, with an appreciation for the cultural and intellectual uniqueness of each individual.
- Through a staff that is technically trained and who possess a high level of interpersonal skills, our program aims to ensure that every eligible child in Burlington County will receive a quality head start toward life, and that every eligible family will develop a belief in their ability to direct their own future.
Head Start and Early Head Start
Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the mental, social, and emotional development of children from birth to age 5. In addition to education services, programs provide children and their families with health, nutrition, social, and other services. Head Start services are responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.
Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. Early Head Start programs are available to the family until the child turns 3 years old and is ready to transition into Head Start or another pre-K program. Home-based services, in which a staff person visits children once a week in their own home and works with the parent as the child’s primary teacher.
Culture of BCCAP Head Start and Early Head Start
Display sensitivity to the family and children we serve in addition to exhibiting perceptiveness of the individuality of children and adults. Works cooperatively with other staff members, accepts supervision and helps promote a positive office, center and classroom environments. Be dependable in conjunction with having the ability and desire to work with many different perspectives to advance the Missions of BCCAP and Head Start program. Display flexibility and resourcefulness in meeting changing conditions.