“Head Start and Early Head Start are about making sure our kids have a foundation for success that’s rooted in education and strong, healthy development,” said Thompson. “No one does better work when it comes to running these programs than CAP. This grant will help them continue their great work, and I am proud to continually support their efforts.”
“We are pleased to partner with the Office of Head Start to provide this resource to assure that children are ready to enter school.” said Tim Reese, executive director of Community Action Partnership of Sonoma County. “Head Start is a key partner in assuring that we meet our collective Health Action vision of Sonoma County being the heathiest place to live by 2020.”
Federal Head Start and Early Head Start programs promote the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Head Start programs provide comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, which include health, nutrition, social services and other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments, in addition to education and cognitive development services.
For every dollar spent on Head Start, our country realizes almost nine dollars in benefits through participants’ increased earnings, decreased welfare dependence and other factors.
Head Start was founded as part of Lyndon B. Johnson’s War on Poverty in 1965. Since then, Head Start has grown from an eight-week demonstration project to include full day/year services and numerous program options. Head Start has served over 31 million children and their families in urban and rural areas in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. territories.
The reauthorization of the Head Start Act in 1994 made it possible to establish Early Head Start as a program to serve infants and toddlers under the age of 3 and pregnant women. Early Head Start provides early, continuous, intensive and comprehensive child development and family support services to low-income infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families.
Congressman Mike Thompson is proud to represent California’s 5th Congressional District, which includes all or part of Contra Costa, Lake, Napa, Solano and Sonoma Counties. He is a senior member of the House Ways and Means Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Rep. Thompson is also a member of the fiscally conservative Blue Dog Coalition and chairs the bipartisan, bicameral Congressional Wine Caucus