WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.) announced the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded two grants for Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Grand Forks and Bismarck public schools. Grand Forks received $2,667,685 and Bismarck received $1,749,636 under the HHS Administration for Children and Families Office of Head Start.

Head Start and Early Head Start programs work to promote school readiness of children from birth to age five from low-income families by enhancing their cognitive, social, and emotional development. Head Start programs provide a learning environment that supports children’s growth in areas such as language, literacy, and social and emotional development by emphasizing the role and responsibility of parents as their child’s first and most important teacher.