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White Mountain Apache Tribe Head Start Granted $1M In Federal Funding

December 3, 2020

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded a $1 million grant to the White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Head Start Program. It comes as such programs have become increasingly critical during the COVID-19 pandemic. KNAU’s Ryan Heinsius reports.

The funding is part of nearly $11 billion approved by Congress last summer for Head Start programs nationwide. It’s intended to help expand early childhood education and support services for low-income families.

The White Mountain Apache Tribe’s Head Start Program currently enrolls 155 children. Its director welcomes the $1.1 million federal grant. But she says the program still desperately needs new facilities that are expected to cost about $26 million.

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