Lautenberg, Menendez Announce Nearly $1 Million for New Head Start Facility in Jersey City

Lautenberg, Menendez Announce Nearly $1 Million for New Head Start Facility in Jersey City

Washington - U.S. Senators Frank R. Lautenberg (D-NJ) and Robert Menendez (D-NJ) today announced the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has awarded $998,640 to the Jersey City Housing Authority to construct a new Head Start facility.

"Head Start is one of the great success stories in American education,"said Senator Lautenberg, a member of the Transportation, Housing and Urban Development Appropriations Subcommittee,whichfunds HUD."This new facility will help level the playing field in Jersey City and make sure that children from low-income families develop the skills they need to succeed in elementary school and beyond.I will continue fighting for federal funding that brightens the futures of children in New Jersey."

"Study after study has confirmed that there is nothing as important as investing in our children's early childhood development and education,"said Senator Menendez."Every parent, regardless of income, wants their child to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. This funding will allow more families to access the services and support they need for their children by expanding Jersey City's Head Start services."

The Jersey City Housing Authority will use these federal funds toexpand an existing community centeron housing authority property to accommodate a new Head Start program.Jersey City ChildDevelopment Centers, Inc. and the Jersey City One-Stop Career Center will partner to offereducational programs at the facility, includingHead Start early childhood educationtohelplow-income Jersey City children.Construction is expected to begin later this year.

This grant has been provided through HUD's Capital Fund Education and Training Community Facilities Program, which provides grants to public housingauthorities, like the Jersey City HousingAuthority, for the construction, rehabilitation, or purchase of facilities to provide early childhood education, adult education, and job training programs for public housing residents.