Governor Hochul Announces Series of Universal Mask Requirements: Face Coverings Now Required at State-Regulated Child Care Facilities for Children Ages Two and Up, All Staff and Visitors

On Wednesday, September 15, 2021, New York State Governor Kathy Hochul announced that masks will now be required in all state-regulated child care and day care centers in New York for children ages 2 and up, and for all staff and visitors. Masks will also be needed at state-regulated residential and congregate day programs.   […]

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L.E.A.P. All-Staff Picnic a great success!

L.E.A.P. had an All-Staff Picnic on Friday, June 25th at Lake Lauderdale Park in Cambridge!  L.E.A.P. staff members had exclusive access to the park, including the pavilion and beach.  The weather was beautiful, and staff were able to socialize, paint, kayak, build sand castles, and play cornhole.  Lunch was catered by Ginny Rae’s, and a […]

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A personal reflection from our Outreach and Development Coordinator on why L.E.A.P. should be awarded “Nonprofit Organization of the Year”

When I saw that the Adirondack Regional Chamber of Commerce was accepting nominations for their Business Awards, including the category ‘Nonprofit Organization of the Year,’ I immediately thought of L.E.A.P.  Is it because I work here?  Perhaps.  But it is BECAUSE I work here that I have heard so many incredible stories about how this […]

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After 16 years at L.E.A.P. Head Start, Lead Teacher Cristie Carbona-Cole is still known for making learning FUN

“Cristie is an incredibly creative teacher; she provides children with fun learning experiences and a positive learning environment.”  –Patricia Salvarezza, Program Director, L.E.A.P. Head Start / Early Head Start “Cristie’s passion for early childhood education is felt the moment you walk into her classroom. Her classroom is always fun, warm, and welcoming to all.”  -Jenna […]

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L.E.A.P. Career Center Coordinator Emily Walter will connect Washington County Employers and Job-Seekers

  L.E.A.P. would like to introduce Emily Walter, in the newly-created position of Career Center Coordinator.  Located in Fort Edward, L.E.A.P. is a non-profit community action agency that serves all of Washington County and has been aiding individuals and families in defining and reaching their goals economically, educationally, and more for over 50 years.  Our […]

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Spotlight on L.E.A.P. Head Start Staff Member Felicia Wells

Felicia Wells is a Teacher’s Aide at L.E.A.P. Head Start River Street Center, in the Early Head Start Star Room. When Felicia was in 10th grade at Fort Edward School, she heard about L.E.A.P.’s Summer Youth Employment Program on the loudspeaker.  She went to her guidance counselor for an application, and was accepted into the […]

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L.E.A.P. Remote Services Update

(This blog post was initially published 12/14/2020, was updated 1/6/2021, and has now been updated again 2/2/2021)   Due to the increase in community cases of COVID-19, L.E.A.P. will continue our remote program services until February 22, 2021, and will re-evaluate at that time. With an abundance of caution and a deep sense of responsibility […]

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Local Food Pantries

L.E.A.P. will be closed Thursday, December 24, 2020 through Sunday, January 3, 2021.  If you or anyone you know is in need of emergency food assistance during that time, the following is a list of local food pantries, current as of July 2020.  Please contact these organizations directly to verify hours and locations. Local Food […]

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Make Your End of Year Donation to L.E.A.P.!

Dear Friend of L.E.A.P., We’re not going to sugarcoat it; this year has been incredibly hard for L.E.A.P. During the past nine months of the COVID-19 pandemic, our ability to provide Learning, Employment, and Assistance has been challenged, and our staff certainly rose to the challenge.  Partnership is now more important than ever, and we […]

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L.E.A.P. Makes A Difference: Feedback from Clients, Parents, and Partners

L.E.A.P. staff get to see the incredible impact of our programs and services each day!  Would you like to read some of the feedback we’ve received in the past year? To view these comments and more, please click this link for the two-page document:  Feedback about L.E.A.P. 2019-2020 “I went to the L.E.A.P. office, and […]

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Please support L.E.A.P. on Giving Tuesday!

Please consider supporting L.E.A.P. on Giving Tuesday. This year, Giving Tuesday is Tuesday, December 1, 2020.  L.E.AP.’s theme for Giving Tuesday this year is “L.E.A.P. More Than Ever!” Giving Tuesday was created in 2012 as a simple idea: a day that encourages people to do good. This year, on Giving Tuesday, our most vulnerable community […]

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L.E.A.P. Head Start Program Director Patricia Salvarezza has been with the program 33 years, a dozen other staff members have a decade or more of dedicated service

As Head Start Awareness Month comes to a close, we’d like to tell you about over a dozen staff members that have been with L.E.A.P. Head Start for a decade or longer!   Yes, that’s impressive!  Why does it matter? Staff longevity and retention means that children will receive consistent education and support from qualified […]

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