November 17, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $26 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 $26,589,681 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 narrow the achievement gap, fund family support services, and enhance early, comprehensive child development programs for students in low-income families. 

“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 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."

“Prioritizing education is key to building a better future for New York,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This funding will help New York City and Long Island’s leading early education providers increase access to high-quality early education for young children, equip expecting parents with the tools needed to prepare for parenthood, and establish healthy learning environments in school and at home. We must continue investing in households of all economic backgrounds and make quality child care, family support services, and early education a top priority for all.”

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

Acelero, Inc.

Manhattan

$20,021,068

Associated Beth Rivkah Schools

Brooklyn

$1,473,986

Community Program Centers of Long Island, Inc.

Long Island

$1,614,092

Staten Island Mental Health Society, Inc.

Staten Island

$2,358,872

West Harlem Community Organization, Inc.

Manhattan

$1,121,663