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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, August 30, 2019
Contact: Robyn Bryan, 202-256-6655, Robyn.Bryan@mail.house.gov
Congressman Dan Kildee Announces Over $4 Million Federal Grant to Fund Early Childhood Education
Funding to Genesee County Will Support Early Head Start Programs for Michigan Children
FLINT, MI — Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced over $4 million in federal grants to Genesee County to help fund Early Heart Start educational opportunities for children in mid-Michigan.
The federal grants, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), include $2,051,188 to Genesee County and $2,739,105 for the Genesee Intermediate School District.
“I am proud to announce this investment in Genesee County, which hosts incredible Early Head Start programs for children in our community. Early Head Start gives our youngest children and their families the tools they need for a brighter future. This program is one of the most important investments we can make to ensure our children can succeed later in life and I’m grateful to the teachers, workers and volunteers for all they do,” said Congressman Kildee.
Early Head Start is an early childhood education program that promotes children’s development through education, health and family well-being services. Programming is administered by local public, private, nonprofit and for-profit agencies. The program includes child learning services, nutritious meals, health and developmental screenings, oral and mental health support, behavioral and special needs services, and family services.
In the wake of the Flint water crisis, in March 2016 Congressman Kildee successfully advocated for other federal grants to expand Head Start and Early Head Start services for Flint children. In March 2017, Congressman Kildee also announced $5.5 million in federal grants to support new and expanded Early Head Start for children in the Flint area through Early Head Start Child Care Partnership programs.