Cortland CAPCO awarded $71k to support Head Start program

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Cortland Community Action Program (CAPCO) has been awarded over $71k in supplemental emergency Head Start funding.

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The grant was announced yesterday by US Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand.

An overall $850k package was distributed to Head Start programs across the Central New York region.

These crucial federal dollars will be used to foster productive learning and ensure all students have access to robust early childhood education programs during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Funding was allocated through the Administration for Children & Families (ACF), a division of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS); it will support the needs of children in low-income families while adhering to COVID-19 standards in Central New York.

Each program can use their award for mental health services and crisis response, additional classroom staff to meet social distancing standards, personnel costs, the delivery of meals to children in a remote setting, sanitization supplies, and more.

Head Start provides comprehensive child development programs for low-income children from birth to age five.

It also offers support and services for their families. These programs primarily serve pregnant women, infants, and toddlers.

Comprehensive services include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health services, nutrition services, social services, and services for children with disabilities.

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