Local Head Start approved for $2.8 million for another year of the program

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 25 January 2019 at 9:00 am

ALBION – Community Action of Orleans and Genesee has been approved for $2,800,426 in federal funding to run the Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the two counties, Congressman Chris Collins announced.

The funding comes through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, which promotes school readiness of children under five from low-income families.

This is the refunding of the grant for Head Start (ages 3-5) and Early Head Start (ages 0-3) from Feb. 1, 2019 to Jan. 31, 2020. Community Action serves 189 children in Head Start at centers in Medina, Batavia and Albion as well as a Universal Pre-K classroom in partnership with Albion and Kendall elementary schools, said Ed Fancher, Community Action executive director.

The agency also serves 30 children in Early Head Start at Medina and Batavia centers.

“We’re proud to provide quality comprehensive services to children and their families through the Head Start program,” Fancher said this morning.

The Community Action of Orleans and Genesee is a nonprofit organization that has served Western New York for over 40 years. The organization empowers and provides opportunity for those who are not yet self-sufficient. Community Action works with programs, like Head Start, to provide short and long term goals for children and their parents in the community.

“Children are our future and this program ensures that the children of low-income families can get a jumpstart on their education before kindergarten,” Collins said.

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