Local nonprofit organization Child Inc and Austin ISD (AISD) have been awarded grants to provide Head Start and Early Head Start services to more than 1,600 children and their families in Travis County. The services began Aug. 20.
Head Start and Early Head Start provides comprehensive early childhood education, health, mental health, nutrition, disabilities and parent-involvement services to low-income children and their families. The $16 million annual grants, totaling more than $80 million for the next five years, were awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families.
The grants will allow Child Inc and AISD to serve more than 1,300 3- and 4-year-olds and their families through Head Start. Services will also include Early Head Start for more than 300 families, including pregnant women, infants and children up to 3 years old.