Aroostook County Action Program, Inc. (ACAP) was pleased to host Senator Susan Collins at ACAP Early Care and Education Center, Gouldville, on Tuesday, March 22. In addition to touring the building and learning more about the programs that are provided there, Senator Collins read to a classroom of excited children ages 3-4, and visited with toddlers in another room.
“My involvement with reading initiatives with Maine students has shown me that reading is the best way for children to love learning as they grow up,” said Senator Collins. “I commend parents, educators, and organizations like ACAP for teaching children how enjoyable reading can be and instilling enduring reading habits. I was also impressed by the array of services that ACAP offers to area families, including dental care for low-income children.”
"It was an honor to host Senator Collins at Gouldville," explains Sue Powers, Senior Manager, ACAP Family Services. "We had the opportunity to share information about the programs we provide and the thousands of children and families we serve in our center. March is National Reading Awareness Month, making Senator Collins' visit a timely one. The highlight of our time together was to have her read to the children, who were delighted to have her attention!"
ACAP Early Care and Education Center, Gouldville, is located in Presque Isle. The center offers Early Head Start, Head Start and Child Care services to 100 children. In addition, WIC (Supplemental Nutrition for Women, Infants and Children) provides food vouchers, nutrition counseling, breastfeeding support, and access to health services to low-income women, infants, and children 0 to 5 years of age. Oral Health Care services for low-income children are also provided at Gouldville, thanks to a dental operatory located on site.
For 44 years, ACAP has provided the people of Aroostook County with services and resources that help individuals and families achieve greater economic independence. As a leader, or in partnership with others, ACAP provides guidance to the community in responding to emerging human needs in the areas of community, family, energy and housing, and workforce development services. For more information on ACAP, or to make a tax-deductible contribution, please contact the agency at 771 Main Street, on the web at www.acap-me.org, or by calling 764-3721. ACAP – We Make Life Better!