On Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015, West Virginia’s U.S. Senators announced some major funding for Head Start programs in Fayette and Mineral Counties. A total of $3,062,774 was allocated from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Resources Administration for Children and Families. The money is for both Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.
“Establishing a strong foundation for our young people to succeed begins with promoting healthy habits and a solid education,” said U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV). “This Head Start funding is great news for our state and our children, as it will improve access to the tools needed to excel far beyond the classroom.”
The bulk of the money is going to Fayette County Child Development, which is slotted to receive $2,191,416. The Mineral County Board of Education will receive $871,358. The funding will allow the groups to continue providing critical health, nutrition, education and social services to local families and children.
“In West Virginia, we’ve always prioritized our commitments based on our values, and that includes strengthening our families and promoting early education for all children,” said U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV). “Our kids deserve the best chances at success, and investments in important educational opportunities like Head Start lead our next generation to a brighter future. With grants like these, our students in Fayette and Mineral Counties will receive the care, education and services they need to compete in the global marketplace.”
Head Start in Fayette County provides a child development program at seven sites throughout Fayette County. Early Head Start has two sites in Fayette County. A complete list of services can be found at the Fayette County Child Development web site.