April 08, 2015

Manchin and Capito Announce Nearly $11 Million for Head Start Programs in Southern West Virginia

Washington, D.C. — Today, U.S. Senators Joe Manchin (D-WV) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) announced a total of $10,868,104 in funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Head Start Programs across Southern West Virginia. 

The Coalfield Community Action Partnership, which serves children and families in McDowell and Mingo Counties, will receive a total of $4,217,518. Southwestern Community Action Council, which serves children and families in Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, and Wayne Counties will receive $6,650,586.

“In West Virginia, our commitments are based on our values, and that includes strengthening our families and promoting early education for all children,” Senator Manchin said. “Our kids deserve the best chances at success, and it is important to invest in educational opportunities like Head Start that will lead our next generation to a brighter future. With grants like these, our kids in West Virginia will receive the best care, education and services they need to compete in the global marketplace.”

“In West Virginia, we understand that a solid education and good health lay the foundation for the success of our next generation,” said Senator Capito. “This Head Start funding will give children in our state access to education, health and other services that are essential to their future achievements.”  

Head Start is a national child-development and readiness program for low-income children ranging from birth to five years of age that helps prepare them for school from a young age. It offers eligible children and their families access to critical health, nutrition, education, and social services.