The Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency (SLHDA) has been closely monitoring the COVID-19 pandemic in our service areas. Staff at SLHDA have been in constant contact with County government officials and the Office of Head Start to ensure our programs and services will continue to meet our families most basic needs during this crisis. Only essential staff will be available during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Should you need essential services, please use our website for immediate assistance and leave messages via phone for the following departments. SLHDA is retrieving messages remotely and this may result in a delayed response.
Scranton Lackawanna Human Development Agency
SLHDA is a private corporation authorized to administer funds received from federal, state, local, or private funding entities to assess, design, operate, finance, and oversee anti-poverty programs. The Agency is intended to promote self-sufficiency and depends heavily on volunteer work, especially from the low-income community.
SLHDA was created by the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 as part of a national network of federally funded Community Action Agencies (CAA’s) to administer various programs on the community level that assist people of low income out of poverty conditions. Incorporated in 1965, SLHDA began with a budget of $430,000 as a grantee for the federal Head Start Program maintaining fiscal and administrative responsibility for services in Lackawanna, Pike, Susquehanna, and Wayne Counties.
Over the past 50 years, the agency has developed a broad range of additional programs and services that promote school readiness for children and families and help families struggling with the effects of poverty. These range from employment, education, income management, weatherization, crisis and emergency food assistance to parenting support, child care, and Early Learning Programs.
“A child and her family came to the area as refugees from Ethiopia. They were not familiar with our culture and did not speak English. The child was enrolled in Head Start’s South Scranton I Center in August and by Christmas was speaking in 3 to 4 word sentences. With the help and support of the Teachers at that site, the child is now communicating with staff and peers in full sentences.”