Vicente Gonzalez

12/02/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 12/02/2021 10:03

Congressman Gonzalez Announces $14.7 Million for Hidalgo County Head Start

WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Thursday, December 2, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) announced a $14,797,266 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for Hidalgo County Head Start Program, Inc.

The Head Start Program, housed within the Administration for Children and Families at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, promotes school readiness for children aged three to five from low-income households. The program will focus on enhancing cognitive, social, and emotional development with an emphasis on building familial relationships.

This grant will deliver the first installment of the five-year grant starting January 1, 2022. This program will serve 3,690 Head Start children in Hidalgo County. For the past 35 years they have been delivering comprehensive child development services to advance the economic and social well-being of children and families in the region.

"When we take a holistic approach to a child's education, we are able to better prepare them with the skills and confidence to grow not only in school, but in all areas of life," said Congressman Gonzalez. "I am proud to award Hidalgo County Head Start Inc. with this grant so they can continue supporting our next generation of leaders."

"With this 5 year grant we can continue to provide services that improve and support education, nutrition, health and safety, mental health, family services, transportation, special services and transition services. We sincerely thank Congressman Gonzalez for his leadership and support toward moving our families out of the cycle of poverty and illiteracy through our program." - Hidalgo County Head Start Program