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Senator Murray Announces Nearly $3 Million for Washington Head Start Programs

Sep 07 2001

Grants will support early childhood education in Southern King and Yakima Counties

(Washington, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Wash.) today announced $2,951,797 for Head Start Programs in Washington state. Administered by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, these grants will provide $298,228 to the Enterprise for Progress in the Community to provide migrant children in Sunnyside with three new portable facilities, and $2,653,569 to the Children's Home Society of Washington to support early education, day care, and parent/child services to communities in Southern King County.

America's children deserve every opportunity to succeed," Murray said. Head Start programs are the first step in making sure our students are prepared early in life to succeed. I applaud the Department of Health and Human Services for continuing to recognize the importance of Head Start programs in Washington state and for ensuring a bright future for our children."

As a member of the Appropriations Committee, Senator Murray is on the front lines of promoting our investment in early childhood development.

Started in 1965, Head Start is a comprehensive child development program which serves children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and their families. It is a child-focused program, whose goal is to increase the school readiness of young children in low-income families.

Washington state organizations receiving Head Start grants:

  • Children's Home Society of Washington, $2,653,569 for Southern King County
  • Enterprise for Progress in the Community, $298,228 for Yakima County