Matzie: Early childhood grants help to expand pre-K, Head Start education

Ambridge Area School District among awardees

HARRISBURG, July 12 – State Rep. Rob Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, announced today that early childhood education grants have been awarded to the Ambridge Area School District and to other entities that serve children within the 16th Legislative District.

Funded through the state’s Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, these competitive grants will help to create nearly 2,125 new pre-K seats and 490 new Head Start slots statewide, said Matzie.

The following Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance Programs in Matzie’s district are among the 2018-19 recipients:

  • Hap Enterprises Inc., a childcare center in Beaver County

  • Lifesteps Inc., a licensed nursery school in Armstrong, Beaver and Butler counties

  • PIC of Westmoreland/Fayette Inc., for Head Start programs in Allegheny, Beaver, Fayette and Westmoreland counties

“These programs give kids a chance,” said Matzie. “A chance to learn, to grow, to compete and be successful. All children should have the opportunity to achieve prosperity based on their ability and determination. The earlier that learning becomes a part of their lives, the better the results.”

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.

Families that have children ages 3 or 4, and are 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.

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