United States Senators, Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced $3,325,622 in funding for West Virginia Head Start Programs.
More than three million will be given from the United States Department of Health and Human Services Administration for children and families to support two local head start programs in Beckley and Oak Hill. The Fayette County Child Development Center received $2,278,650 and the Raleigh County Community Action Association received $1,046,927. The head start programs promote school readiness for children who come from low-income housing. In an interview with the Director for Early Head Start Program, Emily Elkins, she told us, “These families in Raleigh County deserve to have a head start and we provide a lot of family services. We give extra support, we provide medical and dental care to children that maybe have not had that. We do a lot of screenings for children and try to catch things early before they enter into the public system.”
The Raleigh County Community Action is always looking for community support and volunteers. If you are interested in helping out, you can contact them by phone or visit them on their website at www.rccaa.org.