Haverhill’s Community Action Receives More Than $1.3 Million for Early Head Start Program

Community Action Executive Director John Cuneo at WHAV. (WHAV News file photograph.)

Haverhill’s Community Action is receiving more than $1.3 million in federal money to support its Early Head Start program.

The money, awarded in a five-year grant by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, won applause from Congresswoman Lori Trahan.

“We have a responsibility to set all students up for success. For the most vulnerable in our classrooms, that means closing the achievement gap by investing in tried and true early childhood programs like Head Start,” Trahan said.

Trahan said she saw the programs in action when she visited Community Action’s Fox Center in Haverhill. She called the money “pivotal as we continue to give all of our children access to opportunity even during this pandemic.”

Community Action Executive Director John Cuneo agreed the grant is important as the agency reopens its early learning programs. He said, “Through the Early Head Start Child Care Partnership, educators offer educational opportunities and experiences that inspire and encourage children to reach their fullest potential.”

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