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Congressman Gene Green

Representing the 29th District of Texas

Harris County Department of Education Awarded Head Start Grant

June 19, 2014
Press Release

(Houston, TX) – Congressman Gene Green announced a Head Start grant award for the Harris County Department of Education in the 29th Congressional District of Texas from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) in the amount of $6.3 million. Head Start allows children in pre-school to receive assistance with reading, writing, and social development to help them excel in elementary school and beyond. This HHS grant will restore funding from previous cuts to this critical program.

“The first five years of a child’s life are critical in ensuring his or her future and educational achievement. After working to ensure that programs like Head Start are funded, we’re glad to see Harris County receive this grant,” Congressman Gene Green said. “We have to continue to invest in our children and give them every opportunity to succeed.”

Over the last decade, funding for Head Start has been severely cut. Often, families eligible for programs administered by Head Start are unable to receive them due to lack of funding. Grants such as this give states and local departments the ability to ensure early education for young children.