February 18, 2004

Wyden, Smith Announce more than $2.2 Million for Head Start Projects

Mid-Columbia Children's Council to Receive Federal Grant

Washington, D.C. - U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) and Gordon Smith (R-Ore.) today announced that Mid-Columbia Children's Council, Inc. in Hood River will be awarded $2,267,792 for Head Start projects. Head Start programs serve children from birth to age five and prepare them for successful educational careers. Head Start offers assistance with early childhood development, medical and dental care, and parental involvement. "Head Start programs help put Oregon kids on the right track for life," said Wyden. "Funding proven educational programs like this one is the right way to bring a brighter future to children and families across our state." "Head Start is a place where Oregon's kids learn essential life skills," said Smith. "For Hood River, that translates into better students and eventually better neighbors." This grant is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.