Lowey Announces $1.4M Federal Grant for Child Care and Early Child Education

August 8, 2019
Press Release

Early Head Start grant will be used to serve an additional 112 infants and toddlers in Rockland

Congresswoman Lowey visits with students at Spring Valley Head Start

ROCKLAND, NY – Congresswoman Nita Lowey (D-NY17/Rockland-Westchester) announced that Head Start of Rockland, Inc. in Haverstraw, NY, has been awarded a $1,483,132 federal grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to offer Early Head Start and Head Start services to more than 1,200 children at 25 sites in Rockland.

“Every child deserves the opportunity to learn and grow in a supportive environment,” said Congresswoman Lowey. “Access to affordable, high-quality early childhood education like Head Start is essential for working parents. These services not only help the families of little ones who are struggling to make ends meet by providing a safe place for children during the day, it is also one of the smartest investments we can make. I am so pleased that Head Start of Rockland can continue to foster the growth of our future leaders.”

Last Congress, as the highest ranking Democrat on House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey successfully secured an increase of $200 million for Head Start, including $50 million more for Early Head Start, in the Fiscal Year 2019 Labor-Health and Human Services-Education (Labor-HHS-Education) appropriations spending bill. These additional funds are now supporting more slots for children who need care across the country.

With this grant from the Administration for Children and Families/Office of Head Start, Head Start of Rockland, Inc. is able to provide child care for an additional 112 infants and toddlers, ages six weeks to three years old.

“Head Start of Rockland, Inc. wishes to express gratitude for all of Congresswoman Lowey’s assistance,” said Ouida Foster Toutebon, Executive Director of Head Start of Rockland. “Through this grant, Early Head Start Child Care Partnership, Head Start of Rockland, Inc. has partnered with eight child care programs in Rockland County: B Friedman; Haverstraw Day Car; Interaction Child Care, LLC; Kids In Action, NY; Kinderhouse; Teacher Guly; and Teacher Mommy. We are able to support a full-day, full year of high-quality child care services meeting the Early Head Start Program Performance Standards and providing comprehensive support and services to infants and toddlers and their families.”

This Congress, as Chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, Congresswoman Lowey continued her fight against President Trump’s proposed cuts to child care and early childhood education. The House-passed Fiscal Year 2020 Labor-HHS-Education appropriations bill provides nearly $20 billion for early childhood programs, an increase of $4 billion over current levels. Congresswoman Lowey is committed to maintaining this level as the Senate considers this spending bill.