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Congressman Matt Cartwright

Representing the 17th District of Pennsylvania


Cartwright announces over $1.5 million in HHS Funds to Pocono Services for Families & Children

Sep 13, 2017
Press Release

East Stroudsburg, PA – Today, U.S. Representative Matt Cartwright announced that the Pocono Services for Families & Children received $1,546,043 in federal funds from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). These funds are used for the continuation of high quality, comprehensive, early childhood education.

Head Start is a federal program created in 1965 to address the educational and developmental needs of low-income, pre-school children. Head Start’s comprehensive service system provides social, nutritional, and educational services for thousands of children and their families across the United States. Head Start emphasizes the role of parents as their child's first and most important teacher.

“I am a proud proponent of these programs that work to break the cycle of poverty by ensuring children are better prepared for success in school,” said Rep. Cartwright. “Head Start and Early Head Start programs are an important investment in our community and our economy.”

“Pocono Services for Families and Children provides comprehensive, supportive services for young children and their families to promote success in school and life,” said Tim Lee, Executive Director of Pocono Services for Families & Children. “Our agency has been serving the community's most vulnerable young children and their families since 1965 and continues to expand services to better meet the various and unique needs of our community. As the director of the Head Start Program, I am happy to be able to say that we serve 145 kids in Monroe County through this federal funding in before- and after-school programs and are grateful to Congressman Cartwright for his support for this funding.”

Head Start services are funded and overseen by The Office of Head Start (OHS), within the Administration for Children and Families (ACF), a division of the Department of Health & Human Services. The AFC promotes the economic and social well-being of children, families, individuals, and communities with leadership and resources for compassionate, effective delivery of human services.