Monday, September 20, 2010
TCCCS of Greater Dallas Partners with Head Start of Greater Dallas to Offer Financial Education to 4,500 D/FW Families
Non-profit financial education agency receives grant from Citibank Foundation to educate Head Start staff and area families on key financial skills
Dallas - September 20, 2010 - Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas (CCCS of Greater Dallas), a non-profit provider of credit and housing counseling and financial education, announces its partnership with Head Start of Greater Dallas to offer free financial education to the 4,500 families it serves in the Dallas area. CCCS of Greater Dallas has received funding to support its efforts from Citibank Foundation.
The CCCS of Greater Dallas education team wrapped up training with the Head Start staff in early September and will begin conducting free seminars for families the last week of September. The seminars will be offered monthly at 11 high-volume Head Start locations across the Metroplex. Additionally, CCCS of Greater Dallas curriculum and education courses will be available to all Head Start families via webinars and special education events at Head Start's headquarters, located at 3954 Gannon Lane in Dallas.
The financial education classes will run throughout May 2011, with topics covering banking, budgeting, understanding credit, establishing financial goals, setting savings plans, the process to homeownership and the financial impact of having a baby.
"Head Start of Greater Dallas is so pleased to begin the partnership with CCCS of Greater Dallas. As Head Start of Greater Dallas works to build self-reliant families and communities, it is educational opportunities like these that offer our parents the opportunity to reach their financial goals," said Wanda J. Smith, CEO of Head Start of Greater Dallas.
The Citibank Foundation has supported several CCCS of Greater Dallas initiatives, including a grant for the agency to offer free financial education online via live webinars. Class schedules are available at www.cccs.net/webinars.
"CCCS of Greater Dallas has supported our community with financial education and counseling to consumers since 1974," said Todd Mark, vice president of education for CCCS of Greater Dallas. "We couldn't continue our mission without the support of generous organizations like Citibank Foundation. Their support of this noteworthy partnership will help families become more financially independent and, ultimately, improve the health of our economy."
About Head Start of Greater Dallas
Head Start of Greater Dallas is a non-profit organization in Dallas that provides children with the foundation of skills and knowledge they need to be successful in school and life and fosters self-reliant families and communities. The agency currently serves more than 4,400 children at 40 full-day centers located throughout Dallas County. The agency is dependent on community support for more than $8 million every year. For more information on getting involved visit www.hsgd.org or call 972-283-6457.
About CCCS of Greater Dallas
Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Greater Dallas, Inc. is a nonprofit, community based credit counseling and debt management service. Established in 1974, CCCS of Greater Dallas and its affiliate offices provide financial education and counseling to consumers in-person, by phone, or Internet at more than 20 locations in four states. CCCS of Greater Dallas is a HUD-approved housing counseling multi-state organization and serves as one of seven counseling agencies supporting the 888-995-HOPE Hotline. The agency is also a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling (NFCC), the nation's largest and longest serving national non-profit credit counseling network. To learn more about CCCS of Greater Dallas' free seminars or the agency's services www.cccs.net.