PRIDE funding to continue, lawmakers say
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Rep. Nick Rahall, Sen. Jay Rockefeller and Sen. Joe Manchin, all D-W.Va., announced Tuesday there would be continued federal funding for PRIDE Community Services, which administers Head Start programs for low-income children in Logan County.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services gave $781,931 to the Head Start program that serves 235 children in 25 classrooms throughout Logan County.
Rahall said, "West Virginia is blessed with community organizations, like PRIDE, that are providing critical education and nutritional assistance to children in Logan County.
"As the Congress considers the federal budget for the coming year, I continue to press to raise awareness about the importance of Head Start programs in our state and to ensure that our children, regardless of economic circumstances, have an opportunity to reach their full potential," Rahall said.
Improving graduation rates and teaching children modern skills, Rahall said, helps equip the country to compete in ever-larger global markets.
Rockefeller, said, "I've long supported the Head Start program and stood behind its critically important mission of providing our youngest West Virginians with the support and structure they need to succeed once they enter the classroom."
Manchin said, "We have a responsibility to make sure that all of our kids get the care, education and services they need to become successful.
"It is important to invest in educational opportunities like Head Start that can help lead our next generation to a brighter future."
In Logan County, PRIDE's Head Start Program began in May 1965, making it one of the oldest such programs in the nation.