Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Wayne County Action Program Inc. recently received $1,820,422 in federal funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to support child care services for low-income families in the Finger Lakes region.
Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children ages 5 and younger, as well as support and services for their families.
“Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children through programs like Head Start and Early Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life,” said U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer, D-NY. “This federal funding for Wayne County Action Program Inc. will bring real results to young students in Wayne County by providing them with the resources they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.”
Head Start programs primarily serve children ages 3-5, while Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants and toddlers. Services include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services and services for children with disabilities.
“Families across New York directly benefit from the Head Start and Early Head Start programs,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY. “These programs are essential for many families in Wayne County, and help to ensure that our children start out strong. These federal funds will reduce the cost of high-quality early childhood education and child care services for some of the most vulnerable in our communities, and ensure that children have the resources they need to learn and grow.”