WASHINGTON—Today, U.S. Representative Brittany Pettersen (CO-07) announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Jefferson County $1,954,103 in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs to support some of Colorado’s most vulnerable young children and their families.
“Early Head Start and Head Start programs can be transformational for families struggling to make ends meet, preparing kids in underserved communities to succeed in both school and life,” said Pettersen. “As a mom of a young son, I know how critical the early years of education are to ensure academic success in the future. I’m thrilled this federal funding is coming right to Jefferson County to make high-quality early childhood education and care more accessible to those who need it the most.”
During her time in the Colorado state legislature, Pettersen championed many investments in early childhood education and expansion grants to help increase accessibility in child care deserts. She successfully helped pass a bill to launch a universal preschool program in the state, and remains committed to supporting early education and child care nationwide, including programs like Head Start. The comprehensive services Head Start offers include early education, health screenings, social and emotional health, nutrition, social services, and services for children with disabilities. These comprehensive programs are offered to children from low-income households, as well as supports and services for their families.