CONGRESSMAN MORELLE TAKES ACTION TO INCREASE FUNDING FOR EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION PROGRAMS
(Rochester, N.Y.) – Today, Congressman Joe Morelle took action to increase funding for vital early childhood programs and ensure families, particularly in underserved communities, have the support and resources they need.
“Investing in our children means investing in the future of our community. That’s why it is so important that we ensure they have essential support services from a young age to allow them to grow and thrive,” said Rep. Joe Morelle. “I’m proud to be fighting for federal funding to help strengthen the programs we already have in place to better serve our children, especially those in need.”
Congressman Morelle co-led the effort to obtain the support of 171 Congressional colleagues on a letter to House Leadership. Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer education, health, and nutrition services to children from at-risk backgrounds—those living in poverty, in foster care, or experiencing homelessness—as well as employment and educational support to their parents. Congressman Morelle is requesting a $247 million basic cost-of-living-adjustment to help programs keep pace and maintain their workforce, $363 million in quality improvement funding (QIF) to train staff on the principles of trauma-informed care and additional mental health consultation hours, and $730 million to extend Head Start service hours to assist working families.
The full letter is below.