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Courtney Announces More Than $3.9 Million in Federal Funding for Early Education Programming in Eastern Connecticut

April 1, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congressman Joe Courtney (CT-02) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $3,970,282 in federal funding to the Thames Valley Council for Community Action (TVCCA) to support Head Start and Early Head Start programming in eastern Connecticut. The funds were dispersed through the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families.

“Today’s funding for eastern Connecticut Head Start projects is an investment in our children, our families, and our future,” said Congressman Courtney. “With this new federal funding, the Thames Valley Council for Community Action will be able to continue their great work, and children from low-income families throughout eastern Connecticut will be better prepared to learn when they enter school. Head Start is an important program that I am proud to support.”

“Today’s announcement of nearly four million dollars in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programming is a major investment in our ability to serve eastern Connecticut, and to prepare young children and their families for success in school,” said Deborah Monahan, Executive Director of the Thames Valley Council for Community Action. “What’s particularly noteworthy is that this funding will support programming for five years into the future, providing us with a real opportunity to plan and structure our services strategically. This continued federal support will provide our programming with more stability, giving us an opportunity to help even more families. We are extremely grateful for the support that Congressman Courtney has for this program and the children and families in Southeastern Connecticut."

The TVCCA is a private, non-profit Community Action Agency, incorporated in 1965 and located in Jewett City, CT. TVCCA advocates for and provides services to economically and otherwise disadvantaged citizens in eastern Connecticut. Their services include assistance with education, home energy, employment, food and nutrition, housing, financial services, and more.

According to HHS, the Head Start programs promote school readiness of children ages birth to five from low-income families by supporting their development in a comprehensive way. Head Start is a federal program that provides comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services.

The Head Start program was founded as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty in 1965 as an eight-week demonstration project. Since its founding, Head Start has served over 30 million children and their families in urban and rural areas in every corner of the nation, and has grown to include full day as well as year services and numerous program options.