U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,051,600 for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Schuyler Head Start, Inc. in Schuyler County. 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 the Southern Tier Region.
“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 Schuyler Head Start, Inc. will bring real results to young students in the Southern Tier 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 child education remains a priority.”
“Head Start programs help our children start out strong at critical early learning stages,” said Senator Gillibrand. “These federal funds will help Schuyler Head Start, Inc. support important educational programs for children and will reduce the cost of high-quality early childhood education for some of the most vulnerable in our community. I will continue to fight in the Senate to make sure that all New Yorkers have the opportunity to reach their full potential.”
Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children from birth to age five, as well as supports and services for their families. Head Start programs primarily serve children ages three and four, 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.