The Department of Health and Human Services has approved $7.3 million in federal funds for Missouri Head Start programs.
East Missouri Action Agency Inc. will receive $1,737,283 in federal dollars. Since its organization in 1965, it has served Bollinger, Cape Girardeau, Iron, Madison, Perry, St. Francois, Ste. Genevieve and Washington counties. In 2001, it provided services for more than 7,000 low-income families.
Begun in 1964 to foster healthy development in low-income children, Head Start has expanded into a variety of services, including early childhood development; nutrition; and parent involvement.
Sen. Kit Bond, R-Mo., made the announcement about the funding on Tuesday.