Rep. Green Announces Early Education Funds from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
July 9, 2009
Washington, DC - Representative Gene Green announced that three local early education programs will receive discretionary grants as part of the educational investment funds available from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Over $1.5 million will be sent to local area projects.
"Giving children the opportunity to begin receiving an education at the earliest age possible ensures that they are equipped with the best foundation possible," said Green. "Early childhood education programs have helped millions of underprivileged children achieve academic success."
The three projects receiving grants are the Head Start Program of Harris County Department of Education which is receiving $632,544, the Early Head Start program with the Galena Park Independent School District receiving $47,705, and the Early Head Start and Head Start Programs with the Gulf Coast Community Services Associations receiving $1,039,580.
“It is wonderful to see that teachers and schools will be receiving the resources and support they need to make a difference in the lives of our children,” said Green. “These grants from the Department of Health and Human Services and the Recovery Act will go a long way towards keeping teachers and administrators in our schools. These investments under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will create jobs and spur economic growth.”
In response to the weakening economy, Congress included $2.1 billion for Head Start and Early Head Start in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, to allow an additional 124,000 children to participate in the program. Studies show that every dollar invested in early education generates anywhere from $1.25 to $17 in returns.
“We’ve been working to increase head start funding received by Texas’ school districts for years, and earlier this year members of the Houston delegation asked the Secretary of Health and Human Services to address funding disparities for cities in Texas,” said Green. “I am happy to see that ARRA funds are being sent to dramatically underserved areas like Houston.”
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