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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 4, 2005

Schumer: Over $2 Million Coming To Orleans And Genessee County To Fully Fund Their Head Start Programs

Grant will be used to fund the counties' head start program budgets for the next year Funds will specifically go towards classrooms in Albion, Medina, and Batavia

US Senator Charles E. Schumer today announced that Orleans and Genessee County Head Start programs will receive $2,178,049 to full fund their programs for the next year. The funds are allocated through the Department of Health and Human Services.

"You don’t need to be a Head Start teacher to know that giving low-income children a chance to be prepared for kindergarten and future grades is a great thing,” Schumer said. "This Head Start grant will give Orleans and Genessee Counties the funds they need to give these kids that opportunity."

The primary purpose of Head Start is to provide comprehensive child development programs for children at birth and to age 5, pregnant women, and families. The programs are child-focused and have the goal of getting low income children ready for school.

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