History of EOA

Economic Opportunity Agency of Washington County (EOA) is a non-profit Community Action Agency dedicated to helping low income families achieve economic stability. The Agency was incorporated in December 1965, after President Lyndon B. Johnson signed the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964, which launched anti-poverty initiatives and Community Action Agencies nationwide. The first EOA initiative was a summer Head Start Program.

Over the years, EOA developed multiple community development initiatives that addressed existing and emerging community needs. In 1978, the EOA Children’s House Program was established when concerned community members and EOA leadership recognized the need for a comprehensive care and treatment center for abused and neglected children.

In addition to the EOA Children’s House Program, the Agency also operates and administers the Head Start/Early Head Start Program, Low-Income Home Energy Assistance Program, Emergency Food Assistance Program, and provides other
vital community services.

EOA is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors that set policy and strategic direction for the Agency, a Policy Council which consists of parents and caregivers that make recommendations regarding the Head Start Program, and an Executive
Director that is responsible for day-to-day operations. A financial audit of the Agency is conducted by an independent auditing firm, annually.

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