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Congresswoman Nydia Velazquez

Representing the 7th District of New York


Velazquez Announces $27.3 Million for Local Head Start Programs

Velázquez Announces $27.3 Million for Local Head Start Programs
February 11, 2019
Press Release
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced that local early education centers within New York’s 7th Congressional district have received federal grants to continue 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.
“Time and time again reports released from the Department of Health and Human Services prove the lifetime social benefits of Head Start Programs and their impact on our youth,” said Velázquez. “From testing significantly better in literature and math to showing better social-emotional, language, and cognitive development, the value of Head Start programs are irrefutable. 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 in the heart of Brooklyn Heights, Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services has provided over 100 years of early care and education for local families. By providing support services in English, Spanish and Creole, the staff at Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services serve children and their families. HHS has awarded Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services with $11,450,503 in federal funds to continue their Early Head Start program. 
Also located in Brooklyn, Yeshiva Kehilath Yakove is a Jewish learning center and will be receiving $5,978,569 to continue their Head Start program and early Head Start program. 
An additional grant has been awarded to United Academy in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The Academy will receive $2,981,897 in federal funds from HHS. The funding will ensure the organization can continue making important health and educational programs available to Williamsburg’s children. 
Educational Alliance has been awarded $4,486,738 in federal funding to bolster their head start program. Educational Alliance is in the Lower East Side of Manhattan and has provided affordable childcare to low-income families since 1889. 
The Y M & Y W H A of Williamsburg, Inc. has been awarded $2,449,150 in federal funding to support their Early Head Start program in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. For 40 years, Y M & Y W H A of Williamsburg, Inc. have provided social services to neighborhood families.