ELLSWORTH — Hancock County will benefit from a little over $1.1 million awarded for free early education and child care programs serving low-income families.
The funding is being awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to Downeast Community Partners to support Head Start programs.
“Head Start programs provide a safe, educational, and enjoyable environment for Maine’s children to make connections and learn from their caregivers and peers — and every nickel spent is a judicious investment in Maine’s future,” said U.S. Sens. Susan Collins and Angus King in a joint statement on Dec. 5.
Head Start provides educational, health, nutritional, health and social services to 4-and 5-year-olds.