Over $2.2 million in federal funding is being invested into an Orange County program that helps prepare children for school.

Representative Sean Patrick Maloney announced more than $2.2 million in federal funding for Head Start of Eastern Orange County, Inc. This investment will support Early Learning and Head Start programs that provide education and development services for low-income children.

“As a father of three kids, I understand the importance, and the cost, of laying a strong academic foundation for our children - it's the single most important investment we can make,” said Maloney said in a statement. “Kids who participate in Head Start and other early childhood programs are more prepared for the future than kids who don’t, and this federal investment will ensure more of our children have the tools they need to succeed."

Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide comprehensive child development programs for children from birth to age 5, pregnant women, and families. The programs focus on preparing children for school. Head Start of Eastern Orange County is a non-profit organization which provides education to more than 300 children in the Hudson Valley.

“Educating our children is one of the best ways we have to break the cycle of poverty,” said Ann Pagliaro, Executive Director of Head Start of Eastern Orange County. “We rely on federal investments to continue providing early childhood education and health services to children in need.”