Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1M to Support Early Childhood Education

Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1M to Support Early Childhood Education


WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker today announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded $1,057,003 to support the Head Start program at the Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program, Inc.

“Children deserve access to quality educational opportunities that will allow them to live up to their God-given potential,” said Sen. Menendez “We must continue funding imperative programs like Head Start that ensure that every child, even those from low-income families, receives vital early childhood services.” 

“Every student, regardless of their zip code, deserves a high quality education from the very beginning,” said. Sen Booker. “Programs like Head Start holistically support New Jersey’s youngest students by providing a space for them to learn, grow, and receive essential services. This federal investment will help prepare our students to reach their full potential and succeed well into the future.”

Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program (NORWESCAP) has eight Head Start/Early Head Start facilities in Hunterdon, Morris, Sussex and Warren counties. NORWESCAP focus primarily on the early childhood education of individuals in low-income areas. In addition, NORWESCAP provides services such as job training programs, financial support for groceries, housing for seniors and food delivery to those in need. 

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 HHS.