Head Start gets $1.6 mil
WASHINGTON — U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett, a senior member of the Ways and Means Committee and House Budget Committee, announced that more than $1.6 million in federal funding will be made available to Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas to provide Head Start and Early Head Start to families in Hays, Caldwell and surrounding Central Texas counties.
This funding will restore the approximate 5 percent cuts made in 2013 due to sequestration and award a small “cost of living” increase to the Head Start program. Community Action, Inc. will use the funds to provide Early Head Start for 163 families this summer and to serve an additional 23 children in their Head Start program beginning in August.
“This will make a big difference to a lot of families in our community,” Rep. Doggett said. “More kids in San Marcos and Kyle will start kindergarten ready to learn.”
“These federal funds will help us serve more families, improve school readiness for more children, and support our community,” Community Action, Inc. Head Start Director Suad Hooper said.
Community Action, Inc. of Central Texas began operating one of the first Head Start programs in the nation in the summer of 1965, when it was established as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s “War on Poverty.”
Community Action’s Head Start funding was put in jeopardy in 2012 as the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) implemented a new grant “recompetition” process that forced Community Action to reapply for its Head Start funding. Community Action was successfully awarded a new five-year grant by HHS in June 2013 and will begin serving students at the new San Marcos CISD Pre-Kindergarten campus in January 2015.