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Early/Head Start is supported 80% by federal funds and 20% by local donations of goods and services.  This 20% portion is called In-Kind.  Federal Funds + In-Kind = Total Funds.

In-Kind donations must be items that the program would need to purchase using federal funds in accordance with federal funding guidelines and must be used specifically for program operations.

Every time parents, organizations, or other individuals volunteer their time, or give an item to Early/Head Start Programs, we record it on an In-Kind Form.  It is put into “dollars and cents” terms so that it can be counted as being 20% of our total funding.  If we do not earn our share of the funds (In-Kind), the federal government will reduce our share of funding for the next program year.