Federal funding in the amount of $3,325,622 is coming to a pair of southern West Virginia Counties.  The money comes from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration for Children and Families.  The grants were announce by U.S. Sen. Joe Manchin (D-WV) and U.S. Sen. Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV).  It will go to support Head Start programs in Beckley and Oak Hill.

“I’m excited to announce these Head Start grants to give our children the education they deserve,” said Sen. Manchin. “Early education is vital to positively mold the minds of our young West Virginians.  These grants will ensure the continued success of our local children’s centers.”

“Our Head Start programs give West Virginia children the strong foundation they need to succeed,” added Sen. Capito. “Investing in programs like these put young West Virginians on the right path and benefit the communities around them.  I’m confident this funding will help create bright and happy futures for the next generation of West Virginians.”

The money will be divided between two different centers.  In Fayette County, $2,278,650 will go to the Fayette County Child Development Center.  In Raleigh County, $1,046,97 will go to the Raleigh County Community Action Association, Inc.