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Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children in Westchester County

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,203,454 in federal funding for the Head Start program at Family Services Of Westchester, Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to provide child care and support services for low-income families in Westchester County. The Westchester Head Start program emphasizes cognitive and language development, social and emotional development, physical and mental health, and parent involvement.  This is achieved through access to routine health checkups, parental support programs, and a universal pre-K program.

“Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding for Family Services Of Westchester will bring real results to young students in the Hudson Valley by providing them with the resources they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom. I am proud to support this essential funding and I will continue to fight to see that early childhood education remains a priority.”

“The Head Start Program gives children opportunities to reach their full potential by making high-quality early childhood education and care more accessible,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding will support Family Services of Westchester as it works to provide young children with the tools they need to get a strong start in life. I will always fight in the Senate for the resources that help prepare our children for success.”

“We at Family Services of Westchester have long enjoyed the strong support of Senators Schumer and Gillibrand for our Head Start program,” said Carol Robinson, Ms Ed., Executive Director for Early Childhood Educational Programs. “This vital funding enables our Early Head Start and Head Start programs to continue providing the best possible early childhood education for the young children and their families who need it most in Westchester County. We look forward to continuing to serve our 234 students, thanks to funding like this which creates opportunities for organizations like Family Services of Westchester to serve our community.”

Head Start provides comprehensive child development programs for low-income children from birth to age five, as well as support and services for their families. Head Start programs primarily serve pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. The comprehensive services these programs offer include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.