MARTINEZ -- Contra Costa County has been awarded a federal early childhood education grant of more than $1.2 million, the office of Rep. Mike Thompson, D-Napa, announced.

The $1.2 million Head Start/Early Head Start grant will restore funding lost as a result of the October 2013 shutdown of federal government programs and will provide services to more than 1,860 children and their families at 27 centers throughout the county, Thompson said.

"Head Start and Early Head Start programs help make sure all children have a foundation for future success," Thompson said in a news release.

The funds will be used to increase enrollment in Head Start; extend the program from 26 weeks to 30 weeks a year, and extend employment of part-day, part-year program staff accordingly; and cover increased costs of operation, according to the news release.

Contact Tom Lochner at 510-262-2760. Follow him at Twitter.com/tomlochner.



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