Merkley Applauds Recovery Money For Head Start Programs

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.

The 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.