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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Hidalgo County Head Start Program Awarded More than $9,000,000 for Project Funding

August 10, 2017
Press Release

MCALLEN, TX—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 $9,186,984 in project funding. Head Start is a federal program that promotes school readiness for pre-school children from low-income families.

The grant will enable Head Start to continue providing Hidalgo County children and families access to child development programs and other services.

“All children deserve a high-quality education, no matter what their socio-economic status is,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Hidalgo County Head Start gives children a strong foundation starting at a young age. This funding will ensure that Head Start continues to provide important child development services that ultimately prepare our children for a bright future.”

The Hidalgo County Head Start Program is a comprehensive child development program that assists children three to four years old and their families. Head Start children receive a number of services including: educational, nutritional, health, social, and special services. The funding can cover costs for unemployment benefits, health insurance, child services, and supplies.

Executive Director of the Hidalgo County Head Start Program, Teresa Flores, was pleased to receive the funding for child development programs.

“The impact the Head Start Program has on children is one we can individualize,” Flores said. “We have had a very successful partnership with the Office on Head Start and are continuing to implement programs.”

With this additional funding, the Head Start Program can provide economically disadvantaged families with the necessary resources to overcome illiteracy and poverty.

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