Hoeven Announces $1.5 Million Grant for Head Start, Early Head Start Programs in Southeast North Dakota

WASHINGTON – Senator John Hoeven today announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Southeastern North Dakota Community Action Agency in Fargo more than $1.5 million to help provide affordable full day, year round child care for low-income families in the area.

“Affordable day care and child services like these enable parents to work and at the same time provide a learning environment for children,” Hoeven said. “The agency provides early childhood education, health, nutrition and parent involvement services to children and families as they work toward self-sufficiency and a brighter future.”

Last month, Hoeven announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services had awarded two grants totaling $2.7 million for early childhood education for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cankdeska Cikana Community College on the Spirit Lake Reservation in support of a five-year Head Start and Early Head Start project.

Hoeven last month also announced that Mayville State University, serving Traill, Steele, Griggs, Nelson and Grand Forks counties, and Community Action Region VI, serving Barnes, Dickey, Foster, Griggs, LaMoure, Logan, McIntosh, Stutsman and Wells counties, received nearly $2 million to support Head Start programs.

As a member of the U.S. Senate Appropriations Committee, Hoeven works to support programs that supplement state and local efforts to improve student achievement in primary and secondary education, especially for the disadvantaged and those in rural communities.