WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced today that two Maine organizations will receive a total of $2,961,181 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Aroostook County Action Program will receive $1,542,207 and Southern Kennebec Child Development Corporation will receive $1,418,974.
“Head Start programs offer invaluable educational opportunities to young children and their families, providing them with the tools to succeed and helping them to develop new skills,” said Senators Collins and King in a joint statement. “Maine’s Head Start providers work tirelessly to make our communities and families 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.