Maloney Secures Nearly $2 Million for Orange County Head Start
Newburgh, NY – Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced that his office secured a $1,785,464 federal investment for Regional Economic Community Action Program (RECAP), an Orange County community based organization. This federal 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 $3 million in federal Health and Human Services (HHS) investments for RECAP.
“As a father of three kids, I know how costly - and how important - child care can be, which is why I’ve fought for critical investments in our local Head Start programs to ensure hardworking moms and dads have access to quality early childhood education. Investing in early education programs like Head Start is one of the single most important things we can do to open up opportunities for kids and set our children up for a lifetime of success,” said Rep. Maloney.
“Education is one of the most successful anti-poverty programs available to families.” said Charles Quinn CEO of RECAP. “We thank Congressman Maloney for his continued support of the important work being done by RECAP for over 50 years. RECAP truly believes that education is a pathway out of poverty and as Orange County’s anti-poverty program, we are proud to provide that pathway to our community’s children and their families.”
This federal investment builds upon previous awards that Maloney secured for RECAP. Last year, Rep. Maloney announced an investment of $1,041,093 to Head Start and its RECAP affiliate 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. RECAP is a non-profit organization that has served Orange County residents since 1965. Their mission is to enhance the lives of low-income individuals and to help them become self-sufficient. In addition to providing Head Start services, they support low-income Orange County residents with housing counseling services and assistance, addiction recovery counseling as well as offer emergency food services.
Earlier this month, Rep. Maloney partnered with children and staff at RECAP to prepare and distribute valentines through Rep. Maloney’s Valentine’s for Veterans program. Together, they delivered more than 1,000 valentines to Hudson Valley veterans at VA Castle Point in Wappingers Falls.