Potter County Area Agency on Aging has a new program designed to assist Grandparent Caregivers. The Caregiver Support Grandparent Program (CSP) assists older adults caring for a grandchild, niece or nephew in their own home when the parents are unavailable. The goal is to ease the burden an older adult may have when raising a family member’s children. Services available include: • Respite care / childcare. • Information on benefits and resources. • Training in caregiving skills. • Assistance completing benefits and insurance forms. • Reimbursement of qualifying caregiving expenses. Caregivers ages 55 or older caring for a relative’s children in their home may qualify for assistance. Household income guidelines apply. Contact the Potter County Area Agency on Aging at 814-544-7315 for more information.

CHIP puts health coverage within reach for all uninsured kids and teens who are not eligible for or enrolled in Medical Assistance.

Head Start is a comprehensive preschool program that provides education, health, and nutritional services for each enrolled child. Eligible children must be between 3 and 5 years old and meet federally established income guidelines. A variety of social services are also provided to enrolled families. A minimum of ten percent of the total enrollment is set aside to serve children with professionally diagnosed disabilities. Head Start has fourteen centers located throughout Cameron, Elk, McKean, and Potter counties. [Northern Tier Community Action is a community based not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing families and individuals in Cameron, Elk, McKean & Potter Counties with resources to alleviate poverty and promote self-sufficiency.]