MONROE — Rep. Larry Kissell (NC-08) announced Wednesday that Union County Community Action, Inc. (UCCA) will receive a $5,269,005 grant for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs that serve children in Union, Anson and Richmond counties. The funding was secured through the Department of Health and Human Services and will help aid UCCA in continuing to provide educational services to children and families.
UCCA offers comprehensive programs to help educate children and place them on a path to success. Head Start currently serves nearly 500 pre-kindergarten children, while Early Head Start focuses on 130 toddlers, infants and pregnant women throughout the three counties.
“This funding will allow us to strengthen programs and involvement with the children who are served,” said Kissell. “As a former school teacher, I know that when you educate a young mind you are helping that person for life, and programs like Head Start and Early Head Start target a variety of areas that guide these youngsters as they mature and find success. I am always working to bring our tax dollars home and I was thrilled to see this important funding come home to our region to help our families.”
Executive director of UCCA Jenny McGuirt stressed the importance of this funding for the Head Start and Early Head Start programs offered in the region.
“UCCA is pleased to receive this grant that will allow us to continue providing educational, nutritional, and transportation services to 130 pregnant women, infants and toddlers as well as 499 pre-kindergarten children in Union, Anson, and Richmond counties,” said McGuirt. “We offer a variety of services to our 629 women and children, over 10 percent of whom have diagnosed disabilities. This funding will allow us to expand our resources and work towards a brighter future for these children.”