Senator Collins has a strong record of supporting education at all levels, including promoting early childhood education; improving our public school system for kindergarten through 12th grade; and working to increase the affordability of higher education. As a member of the Senate Appropriations and the Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committees, Senator Collins will continue to work to ensure that Congress provides robust funding and targeted legislation for the most effective educational programs aimed at helping teachers and students.

Senator Collins has made engaging with Maine’s students and faculty a top priority, visiting nearly 200 schools during her time as a Senator. 

Senators Collins, King Announce More Than $9.2 Million for Maine Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that Community Concepts Inc. and Opportunity Alliance have been awarded a total of $9,234,196 for their Head Start and Early Head Start Programs in Franklin, Oxford, York, and Cumberland counties.  The grants are being awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

 

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Collins, King Announce Nearly $800,000 for UNE’s Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that the University of New England (UNE) has been awarded $749,999 for their Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program (GWEP).  This funding was allocated through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA).  UNE, in collaboration with the University of Maine (UMaine), aims to improve the health and well-being of Maine’s older adults through enhanced practitioner training and the formation of a statewide council, AgingME.

 

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Senator Collins Joins Bipartisan Group in Introducing Bill to Renew and Expand Emerging Farm to School Efforts

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), David Perdue (R-GA), and Sherrod Brown (D-OH), introduced legislation to extend a key nutrition program for school-aged children.  The bipartisan Farm to School Act of 2019 would increase the federal resources committed to helping bring fresh, local foods to schools nationwide.  It also helps set the stage for action as Congress begins the process of reauthorizing child nutrition programs.

 

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Senators Collins, Brown, Representatives Pingree, Fortenberry Introduce Bill to Help Schools Access Locally Grown Foods

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced the Kids Eat Local Act, legislation to help increase schools’ access to locally grown foods by providing flexibility around the use of geographic preference in the National School Lunch Program. This would make it easier for schools to source “locally grown, locally raised, and locally caught” food and farm products for their meal programs. U.S. Representatives Chellie Pingree (D-ME) and Jeff Fortenberry (R-NE) have introduced companion legislation in the U.S.

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Senators Collins, King Announce $8.6 Million Loan for Ecology School in Saco

 

Washington, D.C. — U.S. Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Angus King (I-ME) announced that the Ecology School in Saco has been awarded an $8,660,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Rural Development.  This investment will be used to construct an environmentally friendly 7,000 square-foot dining commons and a 9,000 square-foot dormitory.

 

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