The Head Start initiative of the Regional Economic Community Action Program Inc. has been awarded a federal grant of more than $2.3 million, Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney announced Friday.
The grant from the Department of Health and Human Services will support the Orange County community-based organization’s early learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services to children in need.
RECAP has early learning centers in Middletown, Scotchtown and Port Jervis.
Maloney called the programs “one of the best things we can do” for young children in the Hudson Valley.
“As a father, I have seen firsthand the importance of early education, and I am dedicated to ensuring that hard-working parents throughout our community have access to quality and affordable childhood education programs.”
“RECAP truly believes education is a pathway out of poverty, and (we) are so thankful for this funding,” said Charles Quinn, CEO of RECAP.
Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development services for children from birth to age five, pregnant women and families. The programs focus on preparing children for school.