Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $5M for Passaic County Early Education Programs

Menendez, Booker Announce Nearly $5M for Passaic County Early Education Programs

NEWARK, NJ – U.S. Senator Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Center for Family Resources $4,948,519 in federal funding to strengthen Head Start and Early Head Start programs for young children in the towns of Ringwood, West Milford, Woodland Park, Wanaque, Bloomingdale, Pompton Lakes, Wayne, Haledon, Prospect Park, Clifton, Totowa, North Haledon, Hawthorne, and Little Falls.

“There is no better investment for our children than in early childhood development and education programs,” said Senator Menendez. “I welcome grants like this that help place New Jersey’s children on the right path to success. I vow to continue fighting to ensure Passaic County and all New Jersey counties receive the necessary early learning services they need so our children can become tomorrow's leaders."

“The Head Start grant announced today will provide funding to run vital education programs that will help give a leg up to many low income families and their children,” said Sen. Booker. “I am committed to doing everything I can to make sure that we give all of our residents a way to reach their full potential, especially our children.”

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.