Camden, NJ— On Monday, Congressman Andrews joined Camden Mayor Dana Redd to announce a $7.5 million federal grant that will create 115 teaching jobs in Camden County. These teachers will conduct early learning programs and provide child care for 865 children between ages of 3 to 5 from low-income families. This funding comes from the Department of Health and Human Services and was awarded to the Center for Family Services’ (CFS) Head Start program.
Head Start provides an education that supports cognitive, social, and emotional development in young children. The program assigns advocates to address the needs of each family in meeting their children’s goals, scheduling doctor’s and dentist’s appointments, encouraging healthy eating habits and creating a stable and healthy home environment.
“Our children have an incredible capacity to learn between the ages of 6 months and 4 years, yet we still have a school system that starts them in school at age 5 or 6,” said Congressman Andrews. “Head Start is a vigorous counterpoint to that idea - starting children on that process as soon as they are able to learn, perceive and create, that’s why I’m so optimistic about the work being done here.”
As a member of the Education and the Workforce Committee, Congressman Andrews believes early education improves the odds of success for all children and keeps America competitive in the global economy. Through Congressman Andrews’ continued and vocal support, educational programs like Head Start are helping to ensure a brighter future for America.