Editor’s note: This article has been updated from a previous version, and includes the fact that the grant has been a partial renewal of ABC’s existing annual federal funding.
Congresswoman Louise Slaughter, D – Fairport, announced a five-year, $6.9 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has been awarded to Action for a Better Community’s Head Start, and Early Head Start, programs.
The grant will allow Action for a Better Community (ABC) to continue providing quality child care, and education, to over 1,400 children, infants, and pregnant women, Slaughter stated.
“Providing access to quality childcare and education is critical to the growth and health of the young mind, and essential to ending the cycle of poverty that effects too many families in Rochester,” said Slaughter. “As the fifth poorest city in the nation, investments in Head Start are vital to preparing kids for success in school and later in life. It’s also a good deal for taxpayers – every one dollar invested in early childhood education saves taxpayers as much as seven dollars later on. I am proud of the work that ABC is doing to support our community’s families.”
“The grant represents the first half of the annual federal funding for the program that will allow us to continue operating at our current levels, and we are happy to receive it,” said ABC president and CEO James Norman.
ABC’s Head Start, and Early Head Start, program promotes school readiness of children ages birth to five years old, in eight centers, two of which are run by Ibero and Volunteers of America, officials said.
Currently, the programs provide direct services to 1,435 children: 135 early Head Start children, 76 early Head Start home-based services to children and pregnant women, and 1,224 Head Start children.