Menendez, Booker Announce $5.5M to Support Head Start Programs in South Jersey

Menendez, Booker Announce $5.5M to Support Head Start Programs in South Jersey

   

NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $5,555,634 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs for Tri-County Community Action Agency, Inc.

“Every child in New Jersey, regardless of which zip code they live in, deserves the opportunity for quality, early childhood education in order to reach their full potential in school and beyond,” said Sen. Menendez. “These federal investments in Head Start and Early Head Start are so important because these programs work and make a real difference for our youngest children.”

“Across our nation, Head Start and Early Head Start education programs deliver critical early childhood services to millions of children. In New Jersey, Head Start programs have provided engaging opportunities for our youngest citizens to create, learn, and explore,” said Sen. Booker. “By providing them with educational resources and learning opportunities at the earliest stages of development, Head Start programs build a strong foundation for our children to succeed in school and beyond.”

Tri-County provides child care for more than 2,000 children daily, builds high-quality affordable housing, collaborates to do economic development, operates the Women, Infants & Children (WIC) program, provides literacy services, assists families maintain stable households, promotes fiscal stability through matched savings programs and serves as an  advocate for children and families at the local, state and federal levels.

HHS also granted Bergen County Community Action Partnership, Inc. $12,928,003 to support Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Bergen County.

Both Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children, from birth to age five, and their families. The program has been shown to improve educational outcomes for participating students, including by increasing rates of high school graduation and college attendance. Community organizations are awarded grants to provide Head Start services in their community through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.