Rep. Abby Finkenauer announced grant for the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation

Democratic Rep. Abby Finkenauer announced nearly $3 million in federal funding for early childhood education programs this week, with the funding heading to the Northeast Iowa Community Action Corporation’s Head Start Program. 

The non-profit organization serves people in seven different counties, providing education, housing and energy assistance to low-income residents. 

Head Start programs have a confirmed track record of improving academic and social outcomes for children. The program, which got its start in the 1960s, was designed to help break the cycle of poverty and provide low-income families with curriculum that readies children for school.

Children that participate in Head Start programs show better social-emotional skills along with improved language and cognitive development, according to the National Head Start Association. Results are especially prevalent in children who come from disadvantaged backgrounds or are growing up in foster care. 

“We need to make sure every child has the chance to start their education on the right foot,” Finkenauer said in a statement. “I am happy we are seeing so many Head Start programs making such a positive impact in our community, and this grant will only help that impact continue. I remain committed to doing everything I can to keep setting up future generations for success.”