Maloney Announces Over $1.1 Million Investment in Orange County Head Start Program
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney (NY-18) announced more than $1.1 million in federal funding for Head Start of Eastern Orange County, Inc. This investment will support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. Since joining Congress, Rep. Maloney has secured more than $6 million in federal Health and Human Services (HHS) investments for Head Start programs in Orange County alone.
“As a father of three kids, I know firsthand how important it is to give our kids a strong academic foundation - it's the single most important investment we can make,” said Rep. Maloney. “It’s a fact that kids who have the opportunity to learn early in Head Start and other early childhood programs are better prepared for the future than kids who don’t, and this federal investment makes sure more children in Orange County get that opportunity to succeed."
“We very much appreciate the support of Congressman Maloney. We know we can’t do this alone and are grateful to our community partners that support our efforts to ensure every child has the skills necessary to enter kindergarten ready to learn and be successful life-long learners,” said Ann Pagliaro, Executive Director of Head Start of Eastern Orange County. “We are excited to continue operating 13 daily classes for 227 pre-school children from this community. Our mission is to ensure there is no achievement gap for any children entering kindergarten.”
This federal investment builds upon previous awards that Rep. Maloney secured for Head Start programs in Orange County. Last February, Rep. Maloney announced that his office secured a $1.7 million grant for the Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP), which totals over $3 million secured in the past two years for RECAP. Last April, Rep. Maloney also announced more than $2.2 million for Head Start of Eastern Orange County to support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children. Since joining Congress, Rep. Maloney has secured a total of over $6 million for Head Start programs in Orange County. Together, these awards will continue to provide families across the Hudson Valley with the resources needed to provide education and development services for children and families.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development programs for children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and families. The programs focus on preparing children for school. Head Start of Eastern Orange County is a non-profit organization which provides education to more than 300 children in the Hudson Valley and employs more than 40 full-time staff. Their mission is to provide the highest quality program to meet the health, education, and social supports of children and families so that they can be successful in school and in life.