January 06, 2004

Clackamas Country to Receive Nearly $700,000 for Head Start


WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senators Gordon Smith (R-OR) and Ron Wyden (D-OR) announced today that the Clackamas County Children's Commission will receive $672,970 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue providing Head Start services to children aged 3 to 5 years. "Head Start teaches life skills to Oregon's youngsters and provides communities with lasting benefits," said Smith. "Clackamas County Head Start programs will now continue to give kids a better chance at using potential that otherwise may have gone untapped." "Highly effective programs like Head Start foster literacy and prepare Oregon's children for success in school," said Wyden. "Education is one of the keys to Oregon's economic future, which is why I strongly support the mission of Clackamas County's Head Start programs and am pleased to see them receive this critically needed funding." The Head Start Program created in 1965, is a federal program in the Administration of Children, Youth and Families in the Department of Health and Human Services which provides childcare to underprivileged children.