Macomb County Community Services Agency Awarded $6.9 million for Head Start/Early Head Start Programming

Sep 4, 2015 Issues: Education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Sander Levin (MI-09), today announced that Macomb County Community Services Agency (MCCSA) was awarded $6.9 million for Head Start/Early Head Start to help promote school readiness for young children throughout Macomb County. Michigan serves more than 32,000 children and their families in Head Start programs and this award will help MCCSA better reach the more than 1,100 children enrolled in locations throughout the county.

“There are far too many children without access to quality preschool. This grant will help ensure that even more children can access to the critical services provided by Head Start and Early Head Start,” said Rep. Levin.

"As a product of Macomb County's Head Start program, I am excited about the many doors opening for our children and families. The program's success should be shared by everyone, because these are all of our children,” said MCCSA Director Rhonda Powell.

Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to 5 from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development.  Early Head Start serves infants, toddlers, pregnant women and their families who have incomes below the federal poverty level.

Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher. The program provides comprehensive services to enrolled children and their families, and may include health, nutrition, other services determined to be necessary by family needs assessments in addition to education and cognitive development services. Head Start services are designed to be responsive to each child and family’s ethnic, cultural, and linguistic heritage.

MCCSA is a Community Action Agency that provides services throughout Macomb County. MCCSA administers federal, state, local and private funds to achieve its mission of diminishing the causes and effects of poverty. MCCSA programs include Head Start/Early Head Start, weatherization, tax preparation, emergency services, and senior services.