1:45 PM: Chautauqua Opportunities To Receive $5.6M In Federal Funding

New York’s two U.S. Senators announced more than $5.6 million in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs at Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. The federal funding was allocated through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and will be used to support child care services for low-income families in Chautauqua County, Senators Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand said Thursday.

“Study after study shows that the better we prepare our young children through programs like Head Start and Early Head Start, the better they perform in school later in life,” said Schumer said. “This federal funding for Chautauqua Opportunities Inc. will bring real results to young students in Western New York by providing them with the resources they need to succeed both in and out of the classroom. I am proud to support this essential funding and I will continue to fight to see that early childhood education remains a priority.”

“The Head Start and Early Head Start Programs help make sure that children across Chautauqua County can have equal access to early childhood care and education,” said Senator Gillibrand. “Through this federal investment, Chautauqua Opportunities, Inc. will be able to give some of our most vulnerable children a strong start in life, and will provide them with the tools they need to learn and grow. I will always fight in the Senate for the resources to support New York families with high-quality early childhood education.”

Head Start and Early Head Start provide comprehensive child development programs for low-income children from birth to age five, as well as support and services for their families. Head Start programs primarily serve children aged three to five, while Early Head Start serves pregnant women, infants, and toddlers. The comprehensive services these programs offer include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities.

“We are thrilled to receive this funding from Head Start to ensure that every child in Chautauqua County has the resources they need to succeed. We strongly support programs that provide this crucial funding. This continuation will enable 502 children to take advantage of Head Start and 82 more infants, toddlers, and pregnant women to take advantage of Early Head Start,” said Franklin Monjarrez, executive director of Chautauqua Opportunities Inc.