Senators Collins, King Announce Nearly $2.8 Million for Opportunity Alliance Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C.—U.S. Senators Susan Collins and Angus King announced that The Opportunity Alliance will receive $2,771,947 to support its Early Head Start and Head Start programs.  The grant was awarded through the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families.

“Head Start programs 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. “The Opportunity Alliance 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 Opportunity Alliance is the Community Action Agency for Cumberland County, administering a range of programs and services for low-income individuals and families in the area.