02.25.21

SCHUMER, GILLIBRAND ANNOUNCE OVER $15 MILLION IN FEDERAL HEAD START AND EARLY HEAD START FUNDING ACROSS NEW YORK

Grants Awarded To Albany, Lewis, And Rockland County Programs 

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Childhood Education And Care Services For Low-Income Children

Schumer, Gillibrand: Head Start Provides Young Students With The Resources They Need To Succeed 

U.S. Senator Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $15,186,306 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Albany, Lewis, and Rockland Counties. The funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Head Start and Early Head Start Programs and will be used to provide education and childcare services for low-income families.

“Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start and Early Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding for programs across New York will bring real results to young students 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 ensure that early childhood education remains a priority.”

“The Early Head Start and Head Start Programs make high-quality early childhood education and care more accessible to children from low-income families, ensuring that all children have the opportunities they need to reach their full potential,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal investment will help provide young children across New York State with the tools they need for a strong start in life. I will always fight in the Senate for the resources that help prepare our children for success.”

Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children, as well as support and services for their families. Head Start programs primarily serve children aged three to five, while Early Head Start programs 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.

A breakdown of the funding appears below

Albany County Opportunity, Inc.      .                                                                              $5,064,011

Lewis County Head Start                                                                                                $1,445,236

Head Start of Rockland, Inc.                                                                                           $8,677,059

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