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US lawmakers announce funding for program in Wyoming Co.

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Several United States lawmakers announced Jan. 7 Head Start funding for MountainHeart Community Services.

U.S. Rep. Nick Rahall along with Senators Jay Rockefeller and Joe Manchin, both D-W.Va., took part in the announcement.

Head Start is a national development program for low-income children that prepare them for school from a young age. The HHS program provides comprehensive education activities in classrooms, as well as other services such as social, nutritional, health and mental health, and transportation for children and their families.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) awarded $1,293,825 to MountainHeart Community Services, Inc., in Oceana to continue its Head Start and Early Head Start programs, which serve pre-school aged children at eight sites throughout Wyoming County.

"MountainHeart Head Start, and its dedicated teachers, administrators, and volunteers, are providing crucial education and health services to our children, literally working to ensure that every child has the opportunity to get a head start and succeed in school and life," said Rahall. "I am fighting hard for our State's children and their families who depend on these community programs and the Federal investments that keep them going."

Rockefeller said the right support at an early age can make a big difference in the lives of many young West Virginians.

"This is exactly why funding local Head Start programs is critical to our children's futures,"said Rockefeller. "This award will provide a significant boost for MountainHeart Community Services' Head Start program and its goal of helping our youngest ones in Oceana get a healthy start in life."

Manchin agreed investing in education opportunities is critical in creating a successful future for the state.

 "Our children are our top priority, and we are responsible for making sure that the next generation of West Virginians can someday compete in the global marketplace," Manchin said. I am pleased that this funding will provide the proper care, education and services necessary to lead the children of Oceana to a brighter future."