Woonsocket to receive $1.8 million in Head Start funding

Woonsocket to receive $1.8 million in Head Start funding

WOONSOCKET – The city is slated receive $1.8 million in federal funding to expand access to early childhood education and comprehensive services for children and families.

Sen. Jack Reed, a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, helped to secure $9.3 billion for Head Start in the FY2017 Omnibus Appropriations Bill.

Woonsocket Head Start Development Association is receiving $1,848,524 to run and expand Head Start. The federal funds support comprehensive early childhood development services, including classroom instruction, behavior guidance and nutrition services, for 190 low-income children. The grant will also allow WHSDA to offer four expanded classes with six hours of instruction over 180 days, in addition to seven four-hour classes of instruction over 165 days. Currently, 190 children are enrolled in 11 Head Start classes through WHSDA.