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More than $500,000 in federal funding coming to Braxton County, WV Head Start

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WASHINGTON, D.C. -

More than $531,000 in federal funding is coming to Braxton County's Board of Education to improve and support the Head Start Program. U.S. Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., made the announcement Thursday.

Rockefeller said that everything possible must be done to give children a positive, healthy start in life. "For so many decades, the Head Start Program and its wonderful and dedicated teachers and staff in West Virginia have given so much of themselves to make sure our most disadvantaged girls and boys are prepared to handle the demands of classroom instruction," said Rockefeller.

The Department of Health and Human Services awarded $531,336 to the Braxton County Board of Education for its Head Start Program. Senator Manchin said that the funding will provide the opportunity to carry out priorities that support West Virginia values. "That means keeping our promises to those who matter the most to us, and our children should be at the top of that list," said Manchin.

Head Start is a national development program for low-income children that helps prepare them for school from a young age. The program, administered by the Department of Health and Human Services offers eligible children and their families access to critical health, nutrition, education, and social services.