Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,414,670 in federal funding for the Early Head Start program at Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Head Start Program and will be used to provide child care and support services for low-income families in Chautauqua County.
“Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Early Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding for Chautauqua Opportunities will bring real results to young students in Western New York 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.”
“The Early Head Start Program gives children opportunities to reach their full potential by making high-quality early childhood education and care more accessible,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding will support Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. as it works to provide young children with the tools they need to get a strong start in life. I will always fight in the Senate for the resources that help prepare our children for success.”
Early 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. Early 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, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.