U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand yesterday (May 20) announced that nearly $2.9 million in federal funding is on the way to Cortland County to help fund its Community Action Program.
The funding was provided by the Department of Health and Human Services Head Start Program and will be used to support child care and support services for low-income families throughout Cortland County.
“Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children, through programs like Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life. This federal funding for Cortland County Community Action Program will bring real results to students in Central New York, by providing them with the resources they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom.”
“Family income should not be the deciding factor in whether a child has access to high-quality early childhood education and care. This federal funding will help Cortland County Community Action Program give children in the region a strong start in life.”
Head Start provides comprehensive child development programs for low-income children, primarily ages 3-5, as well as supports and services for their families.
Their comprehensive list of services includes early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.