Congressman Tim Ryan Announces $3.3 Million for Portage County Head Start
Youngstown, OH – Congressman Tim Ryan (OH-13) today announced a $3,315,018 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to be awarded to Portage Learning Centers for their Head Start Programs. To view the full grant award information, click here.
“I couldn’t be more pleased that these funds will be going to those children most in need in Portage County. This critical investment will bring real and lasting good to our community,” said Congressman Ryan. “These funds will continue essential services that enhance cognitive, social and emotional development for Portage County children. Head Start has a proven track record of success around the country, and this program is critical in providing access to early educational opportunities to so many of our underprivileged children and their families.
“We are excited to receive this award from HHS for Head Start Programs. Head Start/Early Head Start (EHS) are comprehensive child development programs serving 240 preschool children in Head Start and 84 families in Early Head Start. Early Head Start provides services to pregnant women and children birth to three. Head Start/EHS is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Services also include health, nutrition, social services, and early childhood education for low income children and their families. During PLC’s most recent monitoring review in 2018, the program received special recognition from the Director of the Office of Head Start regarding the program’s outstanding performance related to classroom operations and their ability to manage both the emotional and social support of children,” said Suzanne Livengood, Portage Learning Centers Executive Director.