December 11, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $16 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For New York City And Long Island Organizations

Funding Will Be Used To Support Early Childhood Education and Care Services for Low-Income Children and Their Families

U.S. Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $16,382,033 in Head Start funding for early childhood education providers in New York City and on Long Island. The funding was allocated through the Administration for Children and Families, a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and will be used to enhance early child development programs and foster productive learning for children in low-income families, with a focus on early learning and development, health, and family well-being. 

“Study after study shows that the better we prepare and support our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding for organizations throughout New York City and on Long Island will bring real results to young students and their families by providing them with the resources they need to succeed. I am proud to support this essential funding and I will continue to fight to see that early childhood education remains a priority."

“Early childhood education is the foundation for children’s success, in and outside of the classroom,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Funding for Head Start is key to building a better future for every child in New York and makes it possible for low-income families to prepare their children with valuable life skills to succeed in kindergarten and beyond.”

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:

Organization

Location

Funding Amount

BronxCare Health System

Bronx

$416,734

Brooklyn Chinese-American Association, Inc.

Brooklyn

$625,269

CHILD DEVELOPMENT CENTER OF THE MMCC

Bronx

$2,742,596

Harlem Children’s Zone

Manhattan  

$520,128

L. I. Child & Family Development Services, Inc.

Long Island

$8,691,462

Shira Association, Inc.

Brooklyn  

$3,385,844