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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Congressman Gonzalez Announces Over $13 Million in Federal Funds for Hidalgo County Head Start

May 17, 2018
Press Release

WASHINGTON – Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced that the Office of Head Start, within the Administration for Children and Families, has awarded the Hidalgo County Head Start Program $13,254,121 in program funding. This grant will help implement comprehensive child development programs that prepare young students, ages three to four, from low-income families for pre-school.

The grant will allow Hidalgo County Head Start to continue serving children and families in South Texas. Children participating in this program are given access to educational, nutritional, health, social, and special services. For 35 years, the program has sought to promote school readiness and developmental achievement. 

“Children deserve the best education available, regardless of their socioeconomic background,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Head Start empowers students to expand their horizons and reach their full potential. This grant enables Hidalgo County Head Start to continue preparing children for success both in school and beyond.”

Teresa Flores, Executive Director of the Hidalgo County Head Start Program, also expressed her enthusiasm about the new funding.

“Head Start now serves over 360 families in the county through our partnership with local schools and teachers,” Flores said. “This funding ensures that we can maintain an incredible student to teacher ratio, meaning our children receive a better, more personalized education. Our goal is to help these families become self-sufficient and facilitate our students’ transition into public schools. School-readiness is our highest priority.”

With funding from the Administration for Children and Families, the Head Start Program can wipe out illiteracy and poverty one child at a time.