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Low Income Energy Assistance Program – Applications Accepted Through February 28

posted Feb 27, 2015, 10:09 AM by Jill Andersen

The application deadline for the current Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) is February 28, 2015.  LIEAP is asking individuals to think about those around them who might qualify for assistance with their heating bill.  Households qualify based on number of occupants and income.  Typical recipients include, but are not limited to, those households with small children, those with disabilities and the elderly.  

Wyoming’s Department of Family Services urges low-income families and those on fixed incomes to apply for assistance now as the cold weather continues.  DFS also urges those who applied and did not receive assistance in previous years to apply again as income guidelines have changed.

LIEAP is a federally-funded program designed to help low-income families and people on fixed incomes pay their heating bills during the winter months. LIEAP approval may also result in approval to get eligible homes weatherized which can significantly lower the energy costs and improve the comfort, health and safety of homeowners.

Income guidelines are included in the complete application packet which is available athttp://dfsweb.state.wy.us.  Applications may also be requested by calling the LIEAP office at 1-800-246-4221, or by sending an email request to lieapinfo@thealignteam.org. Applications are also available at all local Department of Family Services (DFS) offices, Senior Centers, and other local partnering agencies. 

Applicants should mail completed applications and supporting documents to:
P.O. Box 827, Cheyenne, WY 82003; fax them to 307-778-3943; or email them tolieapinfo@thealignteam.org

Wyoming Girls' School Featured Nationally for Educational Excellence

posted Feb 23, 2015, 9:23 AM by Jill Andersen   [ updated Feb 23, 2015, 9:31 AM ]

Wyoming Girls' School Featured Nationally for Educational Excellence
Teachers transform culture to achieve breakthrough in blended learning

For kids entering correctional treatment facilities, education will determine whether they eventually graduate high school and move on to a successful life. This fact has a lot of juvenile justice experts taking a closer look at the Wyoming Girls' School in Sheridan.

This week, Marketplace, an affiliate of National Public Radio, will broadcast a series of articles highlighting the success of the Wyoming Girls' School in transforming the culture of their classrooms. Teachers at the juvenile facility in Sheridan are being recognized for their breakthrough in combining technology and traditional subjects with help from the Center for Educational Excellence in Alternative Settings (CEEAS). 

The series was posted this morning on the Marketplace website, and you can find it at Marketplace, Learning Curve.

"This is a remarkable piece," said CEEAS Director David Domenici, referring to the Marketplace segment. "It highlights how a small team of teachers and school leaders decided to challenge the out-of-date notion that you can't use the Internet effectively and safely inside secure care facilities."
To listen to the broadcast on the Marketplace website, go to www.marketplace.org

Segments are scheduled to air on NPR's afternoon and evening Marketplace broadcasts. Clips from the production are also scheduled to air on NPR's BBC news program Wednesday evening. To listen to that broadcast, you can go to go to Marketplace, Learning Curve or to www.npr.org

The Marketplace twitter conversation can be followed by going to the Learning Curve website and looking for the hashtags near the lower part of the Marketplace, Learning Curve pages.

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The Wyoming Girls’ School, a residential, education and treatment facility for youth, has been in continuous operation in Sheridan since 1923. For more information on this release, please contact Chris Jones, Superintendent, at chris.jones@wyo.gov, Tony Lewis at tony.lewis@wyo.gov (307-777-3798) or David Domenici, CEEAS, ddomenici@ceeas.org202-643-3804

DFS Accepting Bids/RFP's for Fatherhood Mentorship Program

posted Feb 11, 2015, 7:37 AM by Jill Andersen

BID or RFP NUMBER: 0263-Z

DESCRIPTION OF GOODS OR SERVICES: The Wyoming Department of Family Services is seeking creative and innovative strategies and approaches from organizations to provide a fatherhood mentorship program, Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF).  The funds shall be used to facilitate a program for fathers to improve relationships with the mothers of their children, become better parents and contribute to the financial well-being of their children by providing job training and other employment services.

BID/RFP DUE DATE (Mountain Time): 2:00 p.m. March 10, 2015

QUESTION DEADLINE (Mountain Time):       10:00 a.m. February 25, 2015

RESPONSIBLE AGENCY:  Department of Family Services

IMPORTANT INFORMATION:  This RFP is posted on The Public Purchase online bidding site.  You must register with this entity to respond to the RFP.  Please use the link below to register and to view the RFP.

Proposed Amendment to Adoption Rules

posted Feb 9, 2015, 12:30 PM by Jill Andersen   [ updated Feb 9, 2015, 1:52 PM ]

Public notice is hereby given that the Department of Family Services (DFS) intends to amend the adoption rules.   Copies may be obtained upon request at the address below or online by clicking on amending adoption rules documents.

Wyoming Department of Family Services
ATTN: Maureen Clifton
2300 Capitol Avenue

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posted Aug 26, 2014, 10:57 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Aug 27, 2014, 2:21 PM ]


Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant

posted Aug 26, 2014, 10:42 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Nov 14, 2014, 7:40 AM by Jennifer Zook ]

Released: Second Grant Opportunity: 
Early Childhood Community Partnership Grant Applications

The Department of Family Services is excited to announce the release of the Early Childhood
Community Partnership Grant application. These grant funds are available from the Enrolled
Act No. 41, 2014 Budget Session, for a period commencing July 1, 2014 and ending June 30,
2016.  While some funds have been allocated through the contracts noted above, over $200,000 in grant funds are still available to communities through a second grant application period. The new grant application timeline will be November 10, 2014-April 1, 2015. Grant proposals will be accepted, reviewed and awarded or denied funding on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated.  Interested applicants should submit completed thoughtful proposals as soon as possible to increase their access to remaining grant funds.

This grant opportunity allows school districts or non profit organizations the opportunity to apply for one-time funding. Grant funds shall be used for developing, enhancing and sustaining
high quality early childhood education programs. The State of Wyoming believes the first five
years of life are critical to a child’s lifelong development, and the earliest experiences and
environments build the foundation for a child’s future health, behavior, and learning. The focus
of these grant funds is to make certain Wyoming’s children have the strong, positive foundation
they need to be successful in their first year of school and beyond. Just as school readiness is
multifaceted, so too is the environment in which a child grows and develops. To effectively
work so more children enter school ready to be successful, it is important to consider the family
and community context in which they live, the schools they attend, and the services available to
support their healthy growth and development.

DFS has contracted with Wyoming Kids First to provide technical assistance to communities
interested in applying. All questions regarding the grant application should be directed to
Becca Steinhoff @ Wyoming Kids First director@wyokidsfirst.org or by calling 307-996-6903.

Grant applications can be obtained from The Wyoming Kids First website .
 grant applications will be available on November 10, 2014.

Grant application timeline: November 10, 2014- April 1, 2015
Grant proposals will be accepted, reviewed and awarded or denied funding on a rolling basis until all funds are allocated.  Interested applicants should submit completed thoughtful proposals as soon as possible to increase their access to remaining grant funds.

Wyoming Department of Family Services
Quality Early Childhood Program Manager
2300 Capitol Avenue, 3rd Floor, Hathaway Building
Cheyenne, Wyoming 82002
jennifer.zook@wyo.gov



Draft plan for Wyoming Low Income Energy Assistance Program (LIEAP) Posted for Public Comment

posted Aug 26, 2014, 10:24 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 10:37 AM ]

Wyoming's Low Income Energy Assistance Program Manager Brenda Ilg announced this week that DFS will be soliciting and accepting comments on the proposed state plan for the 2014-15 heating season. To view the plan, please click on the following link: Low Income Energy Assistance Program Proposed Model Plan for Wyoming.

Please send or e-mail any written comments to: 

Brenda Ilg
LIEAP/WAP
Program Manager
1700 Robertson Avenue
Worland, WY 82401

SNAP Benefits are accepted at Farmer's Markets!

posted Aug 20, 2014, 7:19 AM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Aug 26, 2014, 11:05 AM ]

SNAP Benefits are accepted at Farmer's Markets!

Wyoming markets currently accepting SNAP:

  • Casper: Tuesdays 5-7:30pm through Sept. 14, Rails to Trails Park, next to the Nicolaysen

  • Cheyenne: Saturdays 7:30a-12:30 through Oct. 6, Depot Park at 16th & Capitol Ave.

  • Green River: Wednesdays, 4-7pm through Sept. 12th, Railroad Ave between North 1st East and Center Street

  • Laramie: Fridays, 3-7pm, through Sept. 28th, Downtown on Grand Ave. between 1st & 2nd.

  • Rock Springs: Thursdays 3-7pm through Sept. 11th, at White Mountain Mall, 2441 Foothill Blvd.

To buy fresh produce using your EBT/SNAP Benefits, visit the Market Manager's Booth at your local market to receive tokens to spend on fresh produce!

For more information on Farmer's Markets in Wyoming, visit: http://www.wyomingbusiness.org/farmersmarkets.  Not all markets and/or vendors accept SNAP benefits. 

LIEAP Applications available in August

posted Aug 6, 2014, 3:38 PM by Tony Lewis

Wyoming’s Department of Family Services (DFS) urges low-income families and those on fixed incomes to apply for assistance in paying winter heating costs as soon as applications become available. “Don’t wait for that first snow storm. Apply early and be prepared,” said DFS Program Manager, Brenda Ilg.

LIEAP applications for the 2014/2015 season will be mailed during the month of August. If a household received LIEAP assistance during the 2013/2014 season, and the household information has not changed, the completion of the new application will be much easier. Applicants should carefully read the application instructions and all application information and attach all required supporting documents. This helps to reduce the time it takes to process applications.

LIEAP is a federally-funded program designed to help low-income families and people on fixed incomes pay their heating bills during the winter months. LIEAP approval may also result in approval for the Weatherization Assistance Program which can significantly lower household energy costs by making homes more energy efficient. 

DFS reminds household not to wait for weather to become unbearable. Although payments cannot be made until after October 1st you may call the number below to request an application.

If you have questions call 1-800-246-4221.

Applicants should mail completed applications and supporting documents to:

P.O. Box 827, Cheyenne, WY 82003; fax them to 307-778-3943; or email them to lieapinfo@thealignteam.org 

Public Notice on Weatherization Assistance Program

posted Apr 23, 2014, 2:47 PM by Tony Lewis   [ updated Apr 23, 2014, 2:58 PM ]

Notice is hereby given of the intent of the Department of Family Services to adopt a plan governing 
the Weatherization Assistance Program. The grant application/state plan establishes standards for 
the delivery of the Weatherization Assistance Program and includes provisions related to program 
administration, determination of eligibility, program standards and guidelines, scope of weatherization 
work, applicant rights, quality assurance, and program personnel. A public hearing will be held in 
Cheyenne at the Department of Family Services, 2300 Capitol Avenue, Hathaway Building, 5th
conference room from 9:00 to 10:00 a.m., Wednesday, April 30, 2014. Comments may be forwarded to: 
Wyoming Weatherization Assistance Program, Department of Family Services, 1700 Robertson Avenue, Worland, Wyoming 82401. Comments may also be emailed to dfslieap@wyo.gov. A copy of the grant application/state plan may be viewed by clicking here

Questions may be directed to Brenda Ilg at (307) 347-6181, extension 34.

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