May 04, 2021

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $1 Million In Emergency Funding For Head Start Programs In The Capital Region

Emergency Funds Will Help Mitigate Learning Disruptions for Low-Income Children and Families; Increase Access To School Meals in Hard to Reach Areas

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand announced $1,096,431 in supplemental emergency Head Start funding to foster productive learning and ensure all students have access to robust early childhood education programs during the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding was allocated through the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will support the needs of children in low-income families while adhering to COVID-19 standards in the Capital Region. Specifically, these funds can be used for mental health services and crisis response, additional classroom staff to meet social distancing standards, personnel costs, the delivery of meals to children in a remote settings, sanitization supplies, and more. 

“The pandemic has made it clear that we need to invest more into our young children through programs like Head Start, setting them up for success later in life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will bring real results to our young scholars 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, especially during the pandemic.”

 “At a time when the COVID-19 pandemic has disrupted learning across New York State, we must ensure Head Start programs are fully funded so that no child lacks a strong start to their education and development,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This emergency Head Start funding will help close the growing education gap and ensure students in the Capital Region can continue their education safely during the pandemic. These federal dollars will help deliver school meals to children learning virtually and enhance classroom safety and social distancing requirements for in-person learning.”  

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 services, nutrition services, social services, and services for children with disabilities.  

A list of the organizations and respective funding awards can be found below: 

Recipient

Amount

County

Albany County Opportunity, Inc.

$142,659

Albany

Parsons Child And Family Center

$28,291

Albany

Columbia Opportunities, Inc

$31,000

Columbia

Fulmont Community Action Agency, Inc.

$85,776

Montgomery

Commission On Economic Opportunity For The Greater Capital R

$178,174

Rensselaer

Saratoga County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.

$130,621

Saratoga

NYS Federation Of Growers & Processors Associations Inc

$43,039

Schenectady

NYS Federation Of Growers & Processors Associations Inc

$91,495

Schenectady

Schenectady Community Action Program

$117,679

Schenectady

Schoharie County Child Development Council, Inc

$60,194

Schoharie

Warren County Head Start, Inc.

$84,873

Warren

Washington County Economic Opportunity Council, Inc.

$102,630

Washington