February 28, 2012

Gillibrand Announces Nearly $2.3 Million Coming to Head Start Programs in Capital Region

Funds Will Go Toward Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Warren and Schoharie Counties

Washington D.C. – U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,211,374 for the Warren County Head Start and $1,084,233 for the Schoharie County Child Development. The federal funding will provide early child education to Capital Region children.

“This is great news for Warren and Schoharie County children and families,” Senator Gillibrand said. “These federal dollars will help deliver quality child care, healthy food and other critical services to families who desperately need it in these tough economic times.” 

Mary Hafner, Executive Director of Warren County Head Start, Inc. said, “This money will help us to continue to provide services to children and families in Warren County and we are so appreciative of the support from Senator Gillibrand.” 

Judy McLaughlin, Executive Director of Schoharie County Child Development Council, Inc. said, “This funding is for providing early childhood education services including preparing children for kindergarten. We serve children from birth to five and we are very pleased." 

The primary purpose of Head Start and Early Head Start programs 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. 

Founded in 1965 to serve children and families, Schoharie County Child Development Council, Inc., located in Cobleskill provides comprehensive child development programs to children age three to five, pregnant women and their families. They serve low-income families in the Sharon Springs Central, Cobleskill/ Richmondville and Gilboa Conesville School Districts. 

Warren County Head Start, Inc. provides programs for low income pregnant women, children from birth until 5 years old and their families at no cost and has comprehensive services at seven different locations throughout Warren County and also provides a home based option.