Gainesville, Ga. — U.S. Senator Jon Ossoff is delivering new resources to strengthen early childhood education programs across Northeast Georgia.
Sen. Ossoff is delivering new resources to the Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.’s Head Start Program to help Georgia families access early childhood education and developmental programs and give kids the opportunities to learn and grow.
Sen. Ossoff secured new resources with bipartisan support in Congress to help Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. provide comprehensive services to children to enhance their cognitive, social, and emotional development.
“I am announcing these resources for early childhood education in Northeast Georgia because every child in Georgia deserves a safe, healthy, and happy preschool education,” Sen. Ossoff said.
According to its website, the Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. currently operates a full complement of programs in 14 Northeast Georgia counties, with a total service area of 25 counties: Banks, Barrow, Cherokee, Clarke, Cobb, Dawson, Douglas, Elbert, Fannin, Forsyth, Franklin, Gilmer, Gwinnett, Habersham, Hall, Hart, Jackson, Lumpkin, Madison, Oconee, Oglethorpe, Pickens, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, and White Counties.
Source: Ninth District Opportunity, Inc.
Head Start programs support children’s growth from birth to age 5 through services that support early learning and development, health, and family well-being. Head Start staff actively engage parents, recognizing family participation throughout the program as key to strong child outcomes.
Sen. Ossoff secured over $2 million for Ninth District Opportunity Inc.’s Head Start programs through last year’s government funding package, which will be delivered as a grant via the Head Start Projects program.
The national Head Start program currently supports nearly one million children under the age of five on their early learning and development. As of 2023, the Head Start program has benefitted 18,715 children in the state of Georgia.