Harder Announces $26 Million Investment for Central Valley Head Start

August 20, 2019
Press Release
Grants Will Provide Resources to Continue Early Education Services for Low-Income Families

Turlock, CA - Representative Josh Harder (CA-10) announced that the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will invest $26 million to help continue Head Start programs in Stanislaus County. Head Start provides comprehensive early child education, as well as offering health and nutrition programs.

“There’s nothing more important than making sure our kids have what they need to live healthy and happy lives,” said Rep. Harder. “This Head Start investment is a huge deal – $26 million dollars is headed to the Valley to help our kids stay healthy and thrive in school.”

“These grants are part of our continued funding application process. The Stanislaus County Office of Education is excited to be continuing the great work of Early Head Start and Early Head Start Childcare Partnerships,” said Tony Jordan, Executive Director, Child and Family Services. “We stay committed to serving at risk children and families in our communities and continuing the great legacy of America’s longest standing commitment through Head Start.”

The Early Head Start program, which will receive $2,830,768 in funding, provides resources to pregnant women and children with infants and toddlers up to three years of age. This program works to build stable family relationships and guarantee medical and health services for younger children.

The Head Start program, which will receive $23,212,519 in funding, promotes school readiness for children in low-income families by offering early and comprehensive educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services.