(WNY News Now) – Majority Leader Chuck Schumer and U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand have announced the allocation of $11,599,039 in federal funding to Early Head Start programs throughout New York State. This funding, administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will serve as a catalyst for comprehensive early childhood education and support services, particularly for low-income children and families.
Washington D.C. – “Research underscores that robust early preparation, as seen in programs such as Head Start, substantially enhances students’ long-term academic achievements,” stated Senator Schumer. This investment will yield tangible outcomes by equipping young scholars and families with resources critical for success, both within and beyond the classroom. The commitment to prioritize early childhood education remains resolute,” he affirmed.
Senator Gillibrand echoed these sentiments, emphasizing that Head Start programs bestow essential tools for children’s foundational growth, ensuring a trajectory toward prosperous lives. “This funding,” she asserted, “will guarantee accessible, top-tier childcare and support services for families across New York State. Our steadfast pursuit is to secure the resources necessary for preparing our youth for triumphant futures.”
The Early Head Start initiatives extend comprehensive child development services to low-income children from birth to five years of age, while also catering to the needs of their families. Encompassing early education, health evaluations, emotional well-being, nutrition, social service connections, and specialized care for children with disabilities, these programs play a vital role in nurturing a strong start in life.
Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. was awarded $1,559,007.