Washington, DC – U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $3,341,560 in federal funding for Sullivan County Head Start, Inc. The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Early Head Start and Head Start Program and will be used to support child care, early childhood education and support services for low-income families in the area.
“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. Access to a high-quality education is one of the foundations to building a thriving community,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will bring real results to young students in Sullivan County 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 and Head Start Programs make high-quality early childhood education and care more accessible to children from low-income families ensuring that they have the opportunities they need to reach their full potential,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding will help provide young children in Sullivan County with the tools they need for a strong start in life. I will continue fighting in the Senate for the resources that help prepare our children for success.”
Early Head Start and 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. Head Start programs primarily serve children aged 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.