U.S. Senators Mark Warner and Tim Kaine announced Virginia Head Start programs have been granted nearly $18 million in federal grant funding.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Head Start programs grant money, in order to invest in early childhood education.
“We know early childhood education plays a critical role in our education system,” the Senators said. “Today’s funding will benefit our communities, our economy and our children’s future.”
Warner and Kaine most recently supported an increase in Head Start funding in the budget passed in December 2015.
Along with five other recipients, the Hampton Roads Community Action Program will receive $7,151,979 in grant money.
Head Start of Hampton Roads Community Action Program is an early childhood pre-school program for children of local low income families.
The program provides children with activities that help them grow mentally, socially, emotionally, and physically.