Slaughter Announces $7 Million Award to Continue Action for a Better Community’s Head Start Programs
WASHINGTON, DC — Congresswoman Louise Slaughter (NY-25) today announced a $7 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services for Action for a Better Community’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs. This grant allows Action for a Better Community (ABC) to continue providing quality child care and education to children, infants, and pregnant women in Monroe County.
“Ensuring access to health and education services for young children is critical to ending the cycle of poverty that affects too many families in our community. Investments in Head Start and Early Head Start are a key component of making sure our kids are ready for success in school and life. It’s also good news for taxpayers, since every one dollar invested in early childhood education saves them as much as seven dollars in the long-term,” said Slaughter.
ABC’s Head Start and Early Head Start program promotes school readiness of children ages birth to five. Currently, the program supports six centers in the Rochester region and provides direct services to more than 1,330 people.
Congresswoman Slaughter has been a steadfast supporter of the Head Start and Early Head Start programs. In 2015, she secured a $6.9 million grant allowing Rochester’s Action for a Better Community’s Head Start Program to continue providing quality child care and education to over 1,400 children, infants, and pregnant women. In 2014, she successfully fought for the restoration of $700,000 to the Head Start program. These funds allowed ABC to continue working with over 210 children and saved 33 jobs.