Wayne County Action Program Inc. recently received $1,820,421 in federal funding for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs.
The funding, allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, will support child care services for low-income families in Wayne County.
“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. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, D-NY. “This federal funding for Wayne County Action Program Inc. will bring real results to hundreds of young students and their families across Wayne County by providing them with the resources they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.”
Head Start and Early Head Start provide child development programs for low-income children ages 5 and younger, as well as support and services for their families. Head Start programs primarily serve children ages 3-5, while Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants and toddlers.
Head Start serves hundreds of Wayne County children and families at six sites: Clyde, Huron, Lyons, Newark, Palmyra and Sodus. Its services include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services and services for children with disabilities.
“Head Start and Early Head Start help make sure that families throughout Wayne County can have access to early childhood care and education,” said U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY. “These federal funds will help lower the costs of early childhood development programs to ensure that vulnerable children in our communities have the tools they need to get a strong start in life.”