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Blunt Commends HHS for Awarding Nearly $11 Million to Missouri Head Start Programs

June 10, 2020

WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), Chairman of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health and Human Services, Education, and Related Agencies (Labor/HHS), commended the Department of Health and Human Services’ announcement that Missouri Head Start programs will receive $10.8 million in grant funding. The resources were included in the Blunt-backed Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security (CARES) Act.

“Head Start programs provide high-quality early childhood education and other critical services such as meals and health screenings to thousands of children and families in our state,” said Blunt. “This funding will ensure children and their families will be able to rely on this program as our state continues the re-opening process. I appreciate Health and Human Services’ commitment to limiting the impact of this pandemic on Head Start and other programs that are essential to a child’s health and development.”

In 2018, Missouri Head Start programs served 15,000 children and their families.

The CARES Act included $750 million for Head Start and the Early Head Start program.

As Labor/HHS Chairman, Blunt has helped lead efforts to increase funding for early childhood care and education programs, including Head Start. Blunt worked to include $10.6 billion, an increase of $550 million, for Head Start in the FY2020 appropriations bill.

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