Merkley Applauds Recovery Money For Head Start Programs

Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s
Senator Jeff Merkley applauded the nearly $1 million in American Recovery and
Reinvestment Act funds heading to Head Start programs throughout Oregon.

The funds will help programs in
a variety of ways including retaining and recruiting teachers, enhancing
facilities and hiring support staff.

“The foundation for success in
school and in life is laid in the first few years,” Merkley said. “Head Start
has a proven track record laying that foundation. These recovery funds will
help create jobs today and prepare the next generation of Oregonians.”

 Here is the breakdown of funds according to the U.S.
Department of Health and Human Services:

 $394,410 to the Washington County
Community Action Organization, Inc. in Hillsboro.

 $214,042 to Kids & Company of
Linn County in Lebanon.

$166,881 to United Community
Action Network in Roseburg.

$142,216 to Head Start of Yamhill
County in McMinnville.

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act invests billions in upgrading our
nation’s transportation infrastructure, promoting the development and
production of clean energy, and repairing public buildings to immediately
create or save jobs.  The legislation cuts taxes for 95 percent of workers
and their families, including tax credits of $400 per worker or $800 per
family.  Finally, a third component of the bill provides vital funding for
states to prevent state layoffs and ensure the continuation of important
health, education and housing services.