Kildee Announces Nearly $3 Million in Federal Grants to Fund Early Childhood Education and Child Care in Genesee County
June 5, 2021
Grants Will Fund Head Start Program to Support Early Childhood Education for Local Children
FLINT—Congressman Dan Kildee (MI-05), Chief Deputy Whip of the House Democratic Caucus, today announced nearly $3 million federal grants for Genesee County to fund Head Start educational opportunities for children in mid-Michigan.
The federal grants, awarded through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS’s) Head Start Emergency Supplemental initiative, include $1,885,684 for Genesee Intermediate School District and $1,032,580 for Genesee County, providing emergency support to Head Start programs during the pandemic. Funding is available as part of the American Rescue Plan, which Congressman Kildee helped pass.
Head Start is an early childhood education program that promotes children’s development through services that support education, health and family well-being. Programming is administered by local public, private non-profit and for-profit agencies. The program includes 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.
“Help is here for Michigan families through the American Rescue Plan. This pandemic has been tough on our kids, many of whom are struggling with learning loss or having regular medical appointments delayed,” said Congressman Kildee. “I am pleased to announce this federal grant to fund high-quality, early childhood education for Genesee Intermediate School District and Genesee County to ensure mid-Michigan children can access programs that support their educational and physical health needs.”
Since coming to Congress, Congressman Dan Kildee has been an advocate for early childhood education. In the wake of the Flint water crisis, in March 2016, Congressman Kildee successfully advocated for federal grants to expand Head Start and Early Head Start services for Flint children. In June 2020, Congressman Kildee announced over $20 million in federal grants to fund Head Start programs in mid-Michigan. In April 2021, he announced over $1 million in federal grants to fund Head Start programs in mid-Michigan. Most recently, last week Congressman Kildee announced a $1.2 million federal grant for the Saginaw Intermediate School District to fund Head Start programs in Saginaw County.