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PRESS RELEASE / ANNOUNCEMENTS Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Capps Announces Federal Funding for SB Head Start

Today Congresswoman Lois Capps (CA-23) announced that the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara has been awarded a nearly $5.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to continue funding its Head Start program in Santa Barbara County.


The program in Santa Barbara County serves over 1,300 families at 36 sites.

Operated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Head Start is a leader in early childhood development and education, and provides grants to public and private non-profits. Head Start focuses on helping preschoolers develop early reading and math skills and promotes school readiness through educational, health, and other services to children and families.

“This is great news for the Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara,” said Capps. “For years, this successful program has provided critical assistance and services to thousands of families in our community. We all know how important the first years of a child’s life are to determining success – both inside and outside the classroom. That’s why it’s so critical for our children to have access to quality early learning programs, like Head Start. The Community Action Commission has demonstrated the quality and effectiveness of its Head Start program, and in these difficult fiscal times these federal dollars are a wise investment for the future.”

Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara was recently recognized for its outstanding achievements in early childhood education by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Continued federal funding was made possible by the demonstrated quality of its programs in Santa Barbara County.

“We are honored to receive the federal Head Start funding for Santa Barbara County once again. We are committed to serving children who would not otherwise go to pre-school, and preparing them for success in kindergarten and beyond,” said Mattie Gadsby, Childrens’ Services Director, Community Action Commission of Santa Barbara.

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