July 16, 2013

Manchin, Rockefeller, Rahall Announce Funding For Greenbrier County Head Start Program

WASHINGTON D.C.— Senators Joe Manchin and Jay Rockefeller, and Congressman Nick Rahall (all D-WV), today announced nearly $1 million in federal funding for the Greenbrier County Board of Education to benefit their Head Start Program.

“If we want to secure West Virginia’s future, we must continue to invest in educational opportunities for all of our children,” said Manchin. “We have a responsibility as West Virginians to prepare our future leaders to compete in the global marketplace that will strengthen our economy and keep jobs here at home.  This grant will make sure that the children in Greenbrier County will have access to the services they need to succeed and a healthy start.”

“Investing in West Virginia’s Head Start programs means giving our most vulnerable children access to a nurturing environment where they can learn and grow,” said Rockefeller, a longtime champion of Head Start and school nutrition programs. “This essential funding will provide our young children and their families with ongoing access to health and educational services, and it will chart the course for our youngest children’s future academic success.”

“Investing in early childhood programs like Head Start, ensures that our young children, regardless of economic circumstances, have an opportunity to reach their full potential,” said Rahall, a member of the Congressional Rural Education Caucus. “We must be diligent in our pursuit to encourage learning, improve graduation rates, and ensure that our children have the 21st century skills to compete in the ever-growing global economy.”

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $955,805 to the Greenbrier County Board of Education for its Head Start Program. Head Start is a national development program for low-income children that helps prepare them for school from a young age. The program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), offers eligible children and their families access to critical health, nutrition, education, and social services.