Child and Family Opportunities, Inc. (CFO) was founded in 1970 with the initial plan of becoming a community action program for Hancock County. In time, the CAP idea was dropped in favor of focusing our mission towards serving children and their families with Head Start and Child Care services. Since our inception, our service area for center-based programs has expanded to include Washington County. In addition, we provide limited services in Waldo and Penobscot Counties through our sponsorship of the Child and Adult Care Food Program.
Over the years, the CFO mission has grown to reflect the changing needs of our society. As more women have joined the workforce, the demand for child care services has increased. In addition to providing child care for children ages six weeks through school-age, we expanded into the fields of providing subsidized child care services. In 1971 we began the sponsorship of one family child care home in the Child and Adult Care Food Program. Since that time, our child care food program has grown to a network of more than 70 family child care programs.
As the demands of raising children have increased, and stresses have mounted for families, the need for comprehensive Head Start and Early Head Start services has never been so great. Once limited to 55 children in three centers in Hancock County, our Head Start and Early Head Start programs now serve more than 250 children in 9 centers across Hancock and Washington counties.