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Velazquez Announces over $16 Million in Grants for Local Health and Education Programs

Velázquez Announces over $16 Million in Grants for Local Health and Education Programs
December 9, 2020
Press Release

Velázquez Announces over $16 Million in Grants for Local Health and Education Programs 

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced the allocation of federal grant funding towards multiple local early education centers, as well as family health centers in New York’s seventh congressional district. The education centers were awarded federal funds for their Head Start programs, which provide early childhood care and support services for young New Yorkers. The Sunset Park Health Council received funding for their Health Center Cluster Program.

“The benefits these programs provide to our city’s working families are immeasurable,” said Velázquez. “As we prepare the next generation for the world awaiting them, we must provide each child with the opportunities they need to succeed. The Head Start program helps families cultivate a positive relationship to their child’s education, fostering active involvement in the learning progress. The services provided at Sunset Park Health Council have also proven invaluable to the health and wellbeing of our district, providing healthcare for children and parents alike. These grants will help the programs continue to provide key services to aid New Yorkers for years to come.”

  • The Brooklyn Chinese-American Association has two Head Start sites situated in Brooklyn that serve working families and children with special needs. The program targets children three to four years of age, with the intent of promoting early childhood literacy and language skills in preparation for standard schooling. In addition, they provide physical and mental health, and nutrition services to families. An HHS grant of $625,269 has been awarded to The Brooklyn Chinese-American to maintain their early education programs.
  • Located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, the Y.M. & Y.W.H.A. caters to children three to four years of age, providing multilingual staff and full day programs to working families in the neighborhood. The program provides additional mental health consultations, nurses, and dietitians on site. The Y.M. & Y.W.H.A. will receive $1,371,923 towards their program.
  • Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services of Brooklyn has a longstanding relationship with the neighborhood’s families, having actively provided early childhood care for over 100 years. Their Head Start program offers support services in English, Creole, and Spanish, providing a thorough and comprehensive education for all families who seek it. Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services will receive $6,424,059 for their Head Start Program.
  • Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov, a Jewish school situated in Williamsburg, provides low-cost early childhood care for children as young as six weeks old up to four years of age. Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov will receive $1,410,899 towards their school’s head start program.
  • Grand Street Settlement partnered with NYU Lutheran Family Health Center, Traditional Day Care Center, and multiple additional childcare providers to offer families with infant and toddler care through their Head Start model. Grand Street Settlement offers family resources and support in English, Spanish, and Chinese, with over 60 years of experience. Grand Street Settlement will receive $2,896,858 in funding towards their Head Start programming.
  • The Sunset Park Health Council’s Health Center Cluster provides comprehensive primary and specialized care to families in New York’s seventh congressional district, including obstetric, gynecologic, and pediatric care. The Center also provides informative health education for teenagers regarding their health and wellbeing. The Health Center Cluster will receive $7,809,204 for their continued operation.