Davis: Four early childhood education grants awarded to 35th district

HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Austin Davis, D-Allegheny, today announced that four Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs within the 35th legislative district have been awarded early childhood education grants.

McKeesport Area School District, Allegheny Intermediate Unit, West Mifflin School District and the Duquesne City School District are among the 2018-19 recipients of the early childhood grants, which will help to expand the number of available pre-k and head start slots. Davis was notified of the grants by the Department of Education.

“Providing high-quality, early childhood education is important to the development of a child and it gives them a head start on the road to success,” Davis said. “Grants like these are important in providing a ladder of opportunity to working class families.”

The Head Start Supplemental Assistance Program provides state funding to Head Start programs to serve families at or below 130 percent poverty, or a family of four earning approximately $32,630 annually. Additionally, families who have children ages 3 and 4, and living in up to 300 percent of poverty, or a family of four earning $75,300 annually, are eligible to apply to the Pre-K Counts program.

The grants, awarded through the department of education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, will create nearly 2,125 new Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts seats and 490 new slots.

To apply to the Pennsylvania Pre-K Counts, Head Start or other early learning programs visit: www.findchildcare.pa.gov.