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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velázquez Announces Series of Summertime Grants Benefiting Local Head Starts

Velázquez Announces Series of Summertime Grants Benefiting Local Head Starts
August 10, 2018
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced that multiple local early education centers within New York’s 7th Congressional district have received federal grants to bolster their Head Start and Early Head Start programs. Both programs are federally funded and provide early childhood education and support services to low-incomes families.

“For decades, Head Start has provided a pathway for kids and their families to receive the high-quality learning opportunities that they deserve,” said Velázquez. “The program is based on the core value that every child deserves a fair shot in life. I am proud to see a wide range of local centers receive federal funding to continue the important work of educating our youngest New Yorkers.” 
Located on the Lower East Side, Grand Street Settlement has provided over 60 years of 
early care and education for local families. By providing support services in English, Spanish and Chinese, the staff at Grand Street Settlement serve children and their families. HHS has awarded Grand Street Settlement with a pair of grants, one for $1,850,247 and one for $1,036,195 in federal funds to continue their Early Head Start program. 
An additional grant has been awarded to United Academy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Academy will receive $2,243,060 in federal funds from HHS. The funding will ensure the organization can continue making important health and educational programs available to Williamsburg’s children. 
Also located in Williamsburg, Yeshiva Kehilath Yakove is a Jewish learning center and will be receiving $1,082,876 to continue to grow their Head Start program. 
Cypress Hills Child Care Corporation (CHCCC) has been awarded $1,121,065 in federal funding to bolster their head start program. CHCCC is located in northeast Brooklyn and has provided affordable childcare to low-income families since 1990. 
The Catholic Charities Neighborhood Service has been awarded $1,029,097 in federal funding to support their Early Head Start program in Brooklyn Heights. For over a century, Catholic Charities have provided social services to neighborhood families.