Rep. Miller Applauds $3.1 Million Grant to Blue Water Community Action for Head Start Programs

WASHINGTON – August 26, 2015 – (RealEstateRama) — U.S. Representative Candice Miller (MI-10) applauded the announcement by U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Head Start to grant Blue Water Community Action (BWCA), $3,134,003 over 5 years to continue Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.

“Early childhood education and development is critical to a child’s future and ability to succeed, especially those children who may require specialized education services,” Miller said. “Early intervention programs, like Head Start and Early Head Start, help ensure each child reaches his or her full potential, which is why I applaud the HHS Office of Head Start’s decision to grant Blue Water Community Action the funds they need to continue providing their services through 2020.”

“We’re so pleased to be able to continue offering high quality services and programming to the most vulnerable population in our community and to also be able to partner with St. Clair County RESA to provide full day services to 4 year olds in the Greater Port Huron and Downriver areas using Great Start Readiness Program funds as a match to the federal funding,” said Melinda Johnson, Executive Director/Head Start Director.

Blue Water Community Action (BWCA) is one of 30 community action agencies in the State of Michigan, and one of 1,100 nationwide. Community Action Agencies are non-profit, private and public organizations established under the Economic Opportunity Act of 1964 to fight America’s War on Poverty. BWCA provides a variety of programs that assist low-income individuals, seniors and families to become economically self-sufficient. These programs have focused on early childhood education, health and nutrition, new home construction, home repairs, financial counseling and emergency assistance services. For more information, please contact BWAC at (810)982-8541 or visit them online: http://bwcaa.org/Main/Home.aspx

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Head Start promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Head Start and Early Head Start programs support the comprehensive development of children from birth to age 5, in centers, child care partner locations, and in their own homes. Head Start services include early learning, health, and family well-being. For more information, please visit the Office of Head Start online: http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ohs

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