Udall: Over $27 million for NM Head Start

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Senator Tom Udall announced that the Mid-West New Mexico Community Action Program (NMCAP) will receive $5,494,451 a year for the next five years, totaling more than $27 million to continue their Head Start projects helping children in Valencia, Socorro, Cibola and McKinley counties. 

In 2012, Mid-West NMCAP helped nearly 1,000 children, with almost 75 percent living in households with income below the federal poverty line.

“New Mexico’s future relies on the success of its children, and we know that giving children a strong early start in school can make all the difference," Udall said. “Head Start is a key educational and wellness program that helps our children and families who need it the most. While this funding will help our partners continue some of this essential work, the sequester has undermined many programs like Head Start. This is unacceptable, and I will continue to work against these cuts that disproportionately hurt New Mexico’s most vulnerable children and families.”

The Head Start program provides child development services to economically disadvantaged children and families, with a focus on helping preschoolers develop the early reading and math skills they need to be successful in school. 

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