Menendez, Booker Announce $5.7M to NJ School Readiness Programs for Low Income Children

Menendez, Booker Announce $5.7M to NJ School Readiness Programs for Low Income Children


NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced $5,795,915 in Federal funding for the Northwest NJ Community Action Program, and the New Jersey Department of Education to support their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. The awards were granted by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“A parent’s income shouldn’t prevent a child from a quality education that allows him or her to reach their full potential,” said Sen. Menendez. “This Head Start funding is an important investment in quality early education programs in New Jersey that have proven to be effective in preparing children from low income families for a successful education and a better life.”

“Investments in the education of our children are essential to our nation’s ability to compete in the global marketplace,” said Sen. Booker. “This federal funding for quality early education will help ensure that children in these communities have access to comprehensive programs that prepare them for a successful future.”

The specific awards follow:

• $5,620,915.00 to Northwest NJ Community Action Program, Inc.
• $175,000.00 to the New Jersey Department of Education

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services.

Head Start was founded as part of Lyndon B. Johnson's War on Poverty in 1965. Since then, Head Start has grown from an eight-week demonstration project to include full day/year services with numerous program options. Head Start has served over 30 million children and their families in urban and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.

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