WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King today announced that two Maine organizations will receive a total of $5,355,169 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Kennebec Valley Community Action Program will receive $3,272,520 and Waldo Community Action Partners will receive $2,082,649.
“Head Start programs across Maine offer critical educational opportunities to young children and their families, providing them with the tools to succeed and helping them develop new skills,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “Waldo and Kennebec Valley Head Start providers work tirelessly to make our communities stronger, and we appreciate this continued federal investment in Maine’s future.”
Head Start was established in 1965 to promote school readiness and provide a comprehensive array of health, nutritional, and social services to eligible four- and five-year-old preschoolers and their families. Head Start services include early learning, health, and family well-being. The Office of Head Start (OHS) administers grant funding and oversight to the local agencies that provide Head Start services in Maine and across the country.