Congressman Dan Kildee Announces Over $30 Million Federal Grant to Fund Early Childhood Education in Mid-Michigan
Funding to Saginaw and Genesee Counties Will Support Head Start Programs for Michigan Children
Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced over $30 million in federal grants to Genesee and Saginaw Counties to help fund Heart Start educational opportunities for children in mid-Michigan.
The federal grants, awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) include $11,292,746 for the Genesee Intermediate School District, $9,505,713 for Genesee County, and $9,347,618 for the Saginaw Intermediate School District.
“Head Start is a life-changing early education program that gives children and their families a brighter future. The program is one of the most important investments we can make to ensure our children can succeed later in life,” said Congressman Kildee. “I am proud to announce these grants for mid-Michigan, which hosts incredible Head Start programs. I am grateful to the teachers, workers and volunteers who support our children every day. I am proud of the Genesee Intermediate School District, Genesee County and the Saginaw Intermediate School District for earning these federal grants and look forward to following the success of their students.”
Head Start and Early Head Start are early childhood education programs that promote children’s development through services that support education, health and family well-being. Programming is administered by local public, private nonprofit and for-profit agencies. The programs include child learning services in reading, math and science; nutritious meals; health and developmental screenings; oral and mental health support; behavioral and special needs services and family services.
In the wake of the Flint water crisis, in March 2016 Congressman Kildee successfully advocated for other federal grants to expand Head Start and Early Head Start services for Flint children. In March 2017, Congressman Kildee also announced $5.5 million in federal grants to support new and expanded Early Head Start for children in the Flint area through Early Head Start Child Care Partnership programs.