Washington, D.C. – Nevada Senator Harry Reid announced today a grant from the Department of Health and Human Services for $2,559,327 to the University of Nevada, Reno in order to expand Early Head Start projects in Nevada.
“I am delighted that, thanks to this generous grant, Nevada will have new resources for important Head Start programs across the state,” said Reid. “Head Start is a proven successful program that lays the foundation for children to be successful later in school and life. Providing Nevada’s children with increased access to Head Start programs is an important investment for the future of our state.”
Senator Reid has been a strong supporter of Head Start and Early Head Start through his time in Congress. He lead the passage of the Recovery Act, allowing Nevada to expand the number of children served by Head Start programs. Despite new investments in the nation’s early education programs,currently the Silver State has over 10,000 three and four year old children eligible for Head Start programs. Unfortunately, the across the board spending cuts known as the sequester deeply affected Head Start. Reid has brought several bills to the Senate floor to undo these cuts on Nevada’s young children. However, Republicans in Congress have refused to act. Senator Reid will continue working to reverse these harmful cuts, but in the meantime, grants like this one will help critical Head Start programs in Nevada continue to serve our state’s children.