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$11.2M for Webb Co. Head Start & Early Head Start

The programs benefit over 1,362 children in the county

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Congressman Cuellar and others at the check presentation. Courtesy Image
Congressman Cuellar and others at the check presentation. Courtesy Image

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Congressman Cuellar announced $11,215,902 in federal funding for Webb County’s Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. These programs are dedicated to helping low-income children, ages 1 to 5, with their educational development as well as providing numerous healthcare services.

The best way that we can ensure sustainable development and growth in our communities is to provide for the education of the next generation. The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs play a critical role in preparing our children for the future and provide critical assistance for low-income families

Congressman Cuellar is committed to giving every child in our communities the opportunity to succeed and grow.

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Webb County’s Head Start Program funds the education of 1,218 children and Early Head Start serves 144 children. 

Together these programs provide numerous services, such as:

  1. Education services
  2. Dental and vision services
  3. Mental health resources
  4. Nutrition services
  5. Family and community strengthening and
  6. Services for children with disabilities

These services allow parents of low income and disadvantaged parents to have a steady source of childcare and support while providing for their families.This award is part of a 5-year grant that began in 2019. Since 2019, Webb County has received over $47 million from the grant and supplemental COVID relief funding for the Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.

“On behalf of the children, families, and staff of Webb County Head Start, I thank Congressman Henry Cuellar for once again being a leading voice of the Head Start community.  Because of his hard work in Washington, the Webb County Head Start program will be provided with Federal funds to improve staff salaries, purchase educational material for all 66 classrooms, provide staff with Personal Protective Equipment, and improve classroom and playground safety.  Thank you, Congressman Cuellar, for you have proven to the Head Start community that you believe strongly in the doors of opportunity being open for all!” 

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-Aliza F. Oliveros, Head Start Director. 

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