Costa Announces $1M Childhood Partnership Grant for Merced County Office of Education
Fresno, CA — Today, Rep. Jim Costa (CA-16) announced that the Merced County Office of Education has been awarded a $1,090,186 Early Head Start-Child Care Partnership grant. The federal grant will help create a new Early Head Start center at Planada Elementary School.
“This Partnership grant will provide 48 infants, toddlers and two year olds and 16 young children with a quality early learning opportunity,” said Rep. Costa.“Furthermore, I am proud to announce that this grant will have an estimated economic impact of about $4.3 million to Merced County. This is a win-win for our children and our economy.”
“I am very excited about the positive impact this grant will have on Merced County families and children,” said Dr. Steven E. Gomes, Merced County Superintendent of Schools. “The grant allows us to help families prepare children for their K-12 education, which will result in an increase in student academic achievement.”
“MCOE is fortunate to have been awarded the Early Head Start – Child Care Partnership grant and the Early Education Department looks forward to beginning this new work with local family child care providers and Planada Elementary School; thereby increasing the availability of high quality infant and toddler care in Merced County,” said Christie Hendricks, Assistant Superintendent of Early Education at MCOE.
“We are honored to partner with MCOE to provide the Planada Learning Community with access to high quality early childhood education,” said Jose González, Superintendent of Planada Elementary School District. “A child's success in school and in society is dependent on the early development of a child’s key academic, social, and cognitive skills to fully maximize their academic potential. We look forward to providing these critical building blocks and improving the educational opportunities of our future students.”