WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that five Maine organizations will receive a total of $12,905,079 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the state. The five organizations are Androscoggin Head Start and Child Care based in Lewiston, Aroostook County Action Program based in Presque Isle, Midcoast Maine Community Action based in Bath, Penquis Community Action Program Inc. based in Bangor, and Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation based in Farmingdale.
“Head Start programs across Maine provide invaluable resources to young children and their families, helping them to develop new skills and build educational opportunities,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “Our Head Start providers work tirelessly to make their 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.
The Head Start grants for these five Maine organizations are part of multi-year, non-competitive funding. The individual grant amounts for each organization are below:
Aroostook County Action Program $3,030,735
Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation $2,788,560
Androscoggin Head Start & Child Care $1,206,200
Midcoast Maine Community Action $1,308,535
Penquis Community Action Program Inc. $4,571,049