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Congressman: Hidalgo County Head Start Will Receive Nearly $14 Million Grant

1 year 9 months 1 week ago Thursday, January 09 2020 Jan 9, 2020 January 09, 2020 12:03 PM January 09, 2020 in News - Local

WESLACO – The Hidalgo County Head Start program will receive a nearly $14 million grant, a Texas congressman announced on Thursday.

U.S. Rep. Vicente Gonzalez, D-McAllen, announced on Thursday the $13,856,191 grant, which will assist 3,690 children and their families in Hidalgo County.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Head Start helps children from low-income families with education, health and social services.

Hidalgo County Head Start Program Executive Director Teresa Flores said 10 school districts will benefit from the grant: Edinburg CISD, McAllen ISD, Mission CISD, La Joya ISD, Edcouch ISD, Monte Alto ISD, Weslaco ISD, Progreso ISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD and Mercedes ISD.

"Our children benefit from a highly individualized program of dual language instruction using a research based curricula and assessment tools with the services of three educators (a Head Start teacher, a district teacher and a Head Start assistant teacher) with 22 or fewer children in each classroom," Flores said.

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