U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $1,650,899 in federal funding for Parsons Child and Family Center in Albany. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families throughout Albany County.
“Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding for Parsons Child and Family Center will bring real results to students in the Capital Region, 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.”
“Every child deserves access to high-quality early childhood education and care, no matter their family’s income,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will help some of our most vulnerable families in Albany County. I will always fight to make sure our children have the resources they need to get a strong start in life.”
Head Start provides comprehensive child development programs for low-income children, as well as supports and services for their families. Head Start programs primarily serve children from ages three to five. The comprehensive services these programs offer include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.