Velzaquez Announces $1.3 Million for Local Head Start Program
Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) announced the allocation of additional grant funding for early childhood education in New York’s seventh district. The grant was awarded to the Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services Head Start program from the United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Head Start Program provides low-income families with early childhood education, health, and nutrition services. Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services received $ 1,345,387 in federal funds.
“Successful adults come from children who are supported by their family and community,” said Velázquez. “Part of preparing our children for a brighter future lies in giving their families the resources they need to thrive. Families need to know that they do not have to struggle alone. Through these centers, working families can rely on access to educational, nutritional, and emotional support as their children grow and develop.”
Catholic Charities Neighborhood Services has served Brooklyn and Queens for over one hundred years, sponsoring over 160 local programs for the city’s disadvantaged and underprivileged. Catholic Charities provides affordable housing, aid to immigrants, the homeless, and youths and their families. Head Start is one of the multitude of programs under Catholic Charities, which focuses on children in need. These programs prepare children from the ages of three to five for school, and offer meal support, healthcare, and family development services. The funding will allow the organization to continue its Head Start work, ensuring families receive needed support.
“These programs not only help parents obtain critical childcare resources, but provide aid for working families as a whole,” Velázquez added. “As New York City continues the process of reopening, parents will return to work, and we will need Head Start more than ever. I will continue fighting for adequate federal funding for these programs.”