May 06, 2021

Congressman Neguse Announces $22,000 in Federal Funds for Eagle County Head Start Programs

Vail, CO— Today, Congressman Joe Neguse announced that Eagle County will receive $22,272 in federal COVID-19 relief funds for Head Start child care facilities across the County. Last year, Congressman Neguse introduced the Jump Start for Head Start Act, calling for emergency COVID-19 relief funds for Head Start facilities to support Eagle County kids and families. 

“Affordable quality child care is critical to supporting essential workers today and the ability of many parents to return to work in the future,” said Congressman Joe Neguse. “While many child care centers and Head Start programs have remained open throughout the pandemic, they lack the resources necessary to provide adequate protection and cleaning. These federal funds will support our kids and parents and help keep our child care workers safe.”

Unlike schools, many child care centers in Colorado have been open during most or all of the pandemic, and some have adapted to provide virtual or in-home services. Based on extensive surveying of Head Start providers, the National Head Start Association estimated operational costs for the program would increase by up to 20 percent in 2020 as individual programs adapted and responded to the pandemic.

Head Start programs deliver high-quality, evidence-based education and comprehensive services to children across the country. With the help of Head Start, children are equipped with skills to enhance their social and emotional well-being, and receive health screenings, oral and mental health support, while parents can access resources to reach their financial goals and education needs. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, Head Start programs quickly adapted and readjusted their Head Start model to implement innovative strategies to help vulnerable families in need during the public health crisis.