ALAMEDA -- Alameda Family Services received a $3 million federal grant for its Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

"It is to continue to serve income-eligible families' children from pregnancy to five years of age in the city of Alameda," said Executive Director Irene Kudarauskas. "It's a terrific program."

The nonprofit Alameda Family Services provides programs to improve the emotional, psychological and physical health of children, youth and families.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee announced the grant, which was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

"Early Head Start and Head Start Programs are critical to closing the achievement gap and breaking the cycle of poverty," Lee said in a statement. "By ensuring all children are prepared for success in Kindergarten, we are priming them for future academic achievement and to compete and thrive in tomorrow's economy."

Lee is a member of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Labor, Health, Human Services & Education.

"I will continue to fight for investments to expand early childhood education until all children have access to universal, quality preschool," she continued.

Alameda Family Services also offers school-based health centers, homeless youth services, counseling, drug and alcohol treatment and a clinical training program.