U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $5,850,534 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at P.E.A.C.E. Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and will be used to support child care services for low-income families in Syracuse.
“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 P.E.A.C.E. Inc. will bring real results to young students in Syracuse 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.”
“Head Start and Early Head Start help make sure that families in Syracuse can have access to early childhood care and education,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These federal funds will help lower the costs of early childhood development programs to ensure that vulnerable children in our communities have the tools they need to get a strong start in life. I will always fight in the Senate to provide high-quality programs that help our families succeed.”
Head Start and Early Head Start provide 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 children aged three to five, while Early Head Start serves 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.