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Velazquez Announces Series of Grants for Early Childhood Education Centers

Velázquez Announces Series of Grants for Early Childhood Education Centers
April 9, 2021
Press Release

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced the allocation of federal grant funding towards a series of organizations within New York’s seventh district, including several head start programs at centers for early childhood education.

“These programs are a strong foundation for a lifelong relationship with learning for countless families in New York’s seventh district,” said Velázquez. “The Head Start Programs aid families in becoming an active part of their child’s education, while they provide their children with the resources they need to succeed. I am proud to announce this series of grants to multiple organizations in our community committed to our local working families.”

  • The Y.M. & Y.W.H.A. of Williamsburg, Brooklyn provides full day programs to local working families, offering a full day program with multilingual staff. These centers target children three to four years of age, providing them and their families with a multitude of resources to succeed, including mental health consultations, nurses, and dietitians on site. The Y.M. & Y.W.H.A. will receive $ 1,371,922 towards their program.
  • Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services has been an active resource for the neighborhood’s families for over a hundred years, offering their Head Start Program and additional services in English, Spanish, and Creole. Families searching for a strong foundation for their child’s education can find it in the Catholic Charities program, which will receive $13,545,461.
  • Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov provides early childhood care for a wide age range, catering to children as young as six weeks to as old as four years. A Jewish school based in Williamsburg, Yeshiva Kehilath Yakov will receive $ 4,765,157 for their Head Start Program.
  • Grand Street Settlement, through a partnership with multiple local childcare providers, offers families a comprehensive Head Start Program for infants and toddlers. With over sixty years of experience in childcare, the Settlement provides family support in English, Spanish, and Chinese. Grand Street Settlement will receive $2,896,857 in funding towards their Head Start Program.
  • United Academy is an additional Head Start Program provider in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The United Academy will receive $2,961,575 towards their Head Start Program.