The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced that Head Start is expanding to help children in Flint, Michigan. The federal preschool program will expand services in Flint to assist children affected by lead exposure.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will fund The one time expansion with $3.6 million in emergency funding.
“Lead really has the ability to slow down brain development,” said Dr. Nicole Lurie, assistant secretary for preparedness and response and the lead federal official for Flint. “A huge thing is to stimulate children’s brains early in life … with all the kinds of things that Head Start and Early Head Start offer.”
The funding will cover an additional three weeks of the Head Start school year, and the addition of three classrooms serving 51 children by 2017.