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For Immediate Release:
January 30, 2015
Media Contact:
Jenna Lugonja

Miami-Dade County to receive more than $290 million for its Head Start/Early Head Start Programs

(MIAMI, January 30, 2015) – Miami-Dade County Community Action and Human Services Department (CAHSD) received 5-year non-competitive grant for Head Start/Early Head Start (HS/EHS), in recognition of its performance in administering high-quality family, community and early childhood programs. CAHSD will receive more than $290 million over a five-year period to continue to provide opportunities for low-income children and their families in Miami-Dade County.

“Through early investment in the education and care of our children, we are preparing them and our County for a prosperous future,” said Miami-Dade County Mayor Carlos A. Gimenez. “The experience of CAHSD in providing HS/EHS services has led to success in improving educational and employment opportunities for underprivileged children and their parents.”

For the past 50 years, Miami-Dade County has led the southeastern United States in the effective administration of the HS/EHS program for low-income families and their children.  When direct services were delegated to partner agencies in 2011, CAHSD committed its time, resources and expertise to train delegates in providing comprehensive social, economic and health services to our youngest residents and their families.

“We will continue to integrate innovative services and best practices to promote the early educational and social success of families across Miami-Dade County,” said CAHSD Director Lucia Davis-Raiford. 

The County also received $15.5 million over a five-year period to expand its Early Head Start (EHS) services to infants and toddlers in community-based day care centers in low-income neighborhoods. This pilot program is designed to strengthen the quality of education and care while improving the sustainability of community-based small businesses.  In collaboration with Miami-Dade College and CareerSource South Florida, this project will integrate goals of improved education for infants and toddlers with improved employability skills, training and job placement for low-income parents.

For more information on the HS/EHS program, please visit our website or call (786) 469-4673.