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United Way Of Harrison-Purchase Awards Local Grants

HARRISON, N.Y. -- The United Way of Harrison-Purchase has awarded more than $1,500 in grants to the Harrison Children's Center and the Harrison Youth Council.

The grants are part of the 2013 Local Presence Program, which helps fund community-based human and health services that do not receive United Way funding. The organizations were selected for sharing the United Way's belief that education, income and health are essential for a better life.

The Harrison Children's Center provides educational child care through two early childhood centers and three after-school programs. The Local Presence Program grant will be used to create a Family Support Room in the West Harrison Early Childhood Program, an integrated preschool program where half of the children have special needs. Parents will be able to have privacy, meet with staff and specialists, and utilize parent-support literature and other resources.

The Harrison Youth Council provides a broad range of mental health and social services to at-risk children, teens and families. Services include research-based educational prevention programs, parent support groups, presentations and professional support and counseling. The grant will be used to support a special presentation at Harrison High School by an expert on substance abuse prevention and education on the development of the human brain and the effects of environmental influences. There will be a daytime component for students and an evening program for parents.

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