The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services today announced that Head Start and Early Head Start services will expand immediately in Flint, Michigan to help children and families exposed to lead in the city’s water supply. The expansion was made possible through one-time emergency funds of $3.6 million and is one of several steps HHS is taking as the agency designated to lead the federal response and recovery effort in Flint.
The funding will be used to expand services by:
The funding will be used to enhance services by:
“Early education is one of the most important things we can do to help children overcome the effects of lead.”
“This funding for Head Start and Early Head Start will allow Flint’s existing Head Start programs to provide enhanced and expanded services, including additional classrooms, home visiting support, and transportation for families who need to visit the doctor.”
“Head Start’s unique local model allowed us to work with the grantees to quickly identify what could be done to respond to certain needs of the community.”
“These services can begin quickly, serving children for the remainder of this school year and in some cases throughout the next school year. The Office of Head Start is proud to be part of the solution in Flint.”
"Every child deserves a chance at a bright future, and every parent should have the peace of mind knowing that their children have what they need to succeed."
"This latest announcement from Dr. Lurie and Dr. Enriquez to expand early education programs is another example of the federal government's continued commitment to help the families and children in Flint. I look forward to continuing this partnership to ensure that every child in Flint has access to the health and education services they need."
“Head Start provides the kind of early intervention and support that will be critical to creating a brighter future for Flint’s children. I applaud today’s announcement, which is an important first step in ensuring that Flint kids are afforded every opportunity to minimize the impacts of lead exposure on their physical, mental and behavioral development.”
"I will continue working in Congress to pass legislation I introduced with Senator Stabenow and Congressman Kildee to help even more Flint kids enroll in Head Start programs and access good nutrition, health screenings, and early education.”
“I thank the Department of Health and Human Services for taking action to expand early education programs in Flint.”
“Investing in Flint children so that they get the wrap-around services needed to overcome this crisis, including educational and health support, will help to mitigate the effects of lead exposure. Flint is a strong community and we can overcome this crisis if we make these critical investments in our people and our future.”