Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) announced that the Community Action Commission of San Luis Obispo County has been awarded over $1.1 million in a discretionary grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue funding its Head Start and Early Head Start programs in San Luis Obispo County. These federal dollars will help fund an expansion of Early Head Start that will serve nearly 200 infants and their families.
The Head Start Program is a leader in early childhood development and education, and provides grants to public and private non-profits. Head Start focuses on helping preschoolers develop early reading and math skills and promotes school readiness through educational, health, and other services to children and families.
This is great news for the Community Action Commission of San Luis Obispo County," said Capps. "For years, this successful program has provided critical assistance and services to thousands of families in our community. We all know how important the first years of a child's life are to determining success -- both inside and outside the classroom. That's why it's so critical for our children to have access to high quality early learning programs, like Head Start. In these difficult fiscal times these federal dollars are a wise investment for the future."
Community Action Partnership is so pleased to receive funding for San Luis Obispo County's Head Start and Early Head Start Programs. This was the largest addition of federal funds for low income children and their families that we have seen in many years. The Board of Directors and Parent Policy Council are also very grateful for this new allocation," said Biz Steinberg, CEO of Community Action Partnership.