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Congressman Vicente Gonzalez

Representing the 15th District of Texas

Hidalgo County Head Start Awarded More than $4,000,000 in Federal Funding

August 11, 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 $4,196,996 in program funding. Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that prepares young students, ages three to four, from low-income families for pre-school.


This grant is a portion of the 2017 award and will assist the Head Start Program in delivering services for families and their pre-school children within the Hidalgo County who are encountering financial problems.


“With this funding, the Head Start Program will continue to prepare our pre-school students for a bright future,” Congressman Gonzalez said. “Every child should have access to the same educational opportunities no matter their family’s financial status.”


The Hidalgo County Head Start Program is a federal program that advocates for children’s education and supports families below the poverty line. The program assists the needs of low-income families by covering costs of health insurance, unemployment benefits, and child services. Head Start continues to provide educational, social, nutritional, transportation, health, and other services to almost 4,000 children in Hidalgo County.


Teresa Flores, Executive Director of the Hidalgo County Head Start Program, shared her enthusiasm on the continuous support of the program.


“We are headed in the right direction to provide for families who don’t have the means,” Flores said. “With this partnership, we can continue to help families in the Hidalgo County.”


With the program funding from the Administration for Children and Families, the Head Start Program can further address the issues of illiteracy and poverty among children in South Texas.