CCD forms partnership; receives grant

Wed, 2012-07-25 09:23 -- univcomm
The Center for Character Development at Anderson University has announced a partnership with Indiana Head Start. The purpose of the partnership is to develop and implement character education strategies through Indiana Head Start programs across the State of Indiana. In addition, the Center for Character Development has been provided with a $23,500 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services through the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. Among other activities, the grant will support materials and regional workshops to understand the importance of building good moral character in children and families being served by local programs.

“The Center for Character Development looks forward to this new opportunity to further build character education through the programs of Indiana Head Start,” said Don Peslis, director of the Center for Character Development at Anderson University. “Young persons all across the state will now have more opportunities to develop those personal characteristics that will truly have lasting meaning in their lives.”

Indiana Head Start was created through federal funding from the Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families enabling Head Start programs to provide comprehensive services for low-income Hoosier children and their families for over 35 years. Head Start programs serve children ages three through five. In 1994 federal legislation was passed to establish Early Head Start services for pregnant women, infant and toddlers (ages birth to three). All programs provide early childhood educational, social, medical, dental, nutritional and mental health services to the enrolled children. The Head Start philosophy is based on three key points that include developing comprehensive child development services, parent involvement, and community partnerships/community-based services.

Formed in 2000 as a joint initiative between the State of Indiana and Anderson University, the mission of The Center for Character Development at Anderson University is to recognize, enhance, teach and sustain positive qualities in the lives of persons in order to promote civility through character development. The intent of this initiative is to foster greater understanding and cooperation among individuals and organizations and help develop a positive environment to address issues that will shape the future. For more information about the Center for Character Development at Anderson University, visit the web site at

More detailed information about the Center for Character Development/Indiana Head Start partnership can be obtained by calling 7865-641-3861 or online at