June 15, 2020

Schumer, Gillibrand Announce Over $7.8 Million In Federal Head Start Funding For Long Island

Funding Will Support Early Childhood Education And Care Services For Low-Income Children

U.S. Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand today announced $7,861,808 in federal funding for the Economic Opportunity Commission of Nassau County. 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, 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, the better they perform in school later in life,” said Senator Schumer. “This federal funding will bring real results to young students throughout Nassau 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 Head Start Programs make high-quality childhood education and care more accessible to children from low-income families,” said Senator Gillibrand. “This federal funding will help ensure that every child in Nassau County has the opportunities and tools needed in early education to reach their full potential. I will continue fighting in the Senate for the resources that help prepare all of our children for success.”

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 children aged three to five. The services this program offers include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.