Head Start programs receive over $21M in grants

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – A total of more than $21 million in federal grants will be used to help educate young children in Erie County.

The grant money will help fund the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. Congressman Brian Higgins, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and the Community Action Organization made that announcement on Wednesday.

Leaders say it’s important to work with children at young age, setting a positive path for the future.

Rep. Higgins said, “When compared to their peers, children who participate in Head Start are more likely to compete academically in high school and attend college after they graduate. [It's] an investment in nation building here at home.”

The grant money will help fund 29 early education programs throughout Buffalo and Erie County.

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