DETROIT, MI – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) welcomed the announcement that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded over $12.7 million in funding to Michigan Head Start programs across the state through the American Rescue Plan, historic legislation both senators helped enact. This funding will help programs build back to fully operational, in-person services this fall as well as support vaccination of Head Start staff and families.
“After facing significant challenges caused by the pandemic, this American Rescue Plan funding for Head Start programs across our state will make critical investments for Michigan children in these early childhood education programs,” said Senator Peters. “With this funding, Michigan Head Start programs can continue working to provide comprehensive services, while making quality, early childhood education more accessible for Michigan families.”
“Head Start programs provide nutritious meals, health services, and quality early childhood education which makes all the difference in helping our children succeed. This is a great example of how the American Rescue Plan prioritized working families and is helping them succeed,” said Senator Stabenow.
A list of grant recipients in Michigan can be found below:
Adrian Public Schools $390,059
Alger Marquette Community Action Board $375,701
Allegan County Resource Development Committee, Inc. $475,011
Baraga-Houghton-Keweenaw Child Development Board, Inc. $455,867
Blue Water Community Action $332,627
Carman Ainsworth Community Schools $89,738
Chippewa Luce Mackinac Community Action Agency, Inc. $358,950
Community Action Agency $932,074
Dickinson-Iron Intermediate School District $293,143
Early Learning Neighborhood Collaborative $105,292
Genesee County $1,032,580
Genesee Intermediate School District $1,885,684
Gogebic-Ontonagon Community Action Agency $137,598
Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians $99,310
Human Development Commission, Inc. $183,065
Kalamazoo Regional Educational Service Agency $713,114
Livingston Educational Service Agency $208,191
Menominee-Delta-Schoolcraft Community Action Agency $387,666
Metropolitan Children and Youth, Inc. Renaissance $342,199
Mid Michigan Community Action Agency, Inc. $239,300
Monroe County Intermediate School District $376,898
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District $903,358
New St. Paul Head Start Agency, Inc. $921,305
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians $147,170
Southfield Public School District $172,296
St. Joseph County Intermediate School District $95,720
Tri-County Council for Child Development, Inc. $1,086,422
Head Start is preparing for the fall through its Head Start Forward initiative that supports grant recipients in reaching more children and families and moving toward fully in-person comprehensive services. Peters and Stabenow have long been champions for expanding resources and access to Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country.
Head Start programming is administered by local public and private nonprofit and for-profit agencies and includes child learning services in reading, math, and science; nutritious meals; health and developmental screenings; oral and mental health support; behavioral and special needs services and family services.
More information about how American Rescue Plan funding is aiding Head Start programs across the country can be found at: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/about-us/coronavirus/putting-covid-19-funds-work-examples-field.