BANGOR – The Penquis Community Action Program has received $1,109,457 in federal grants to fund Head Start initiatives.
According to Jean Bridges, director of child development at Head Start, the organization has received the funding for the past 35 years.
“We serve 429 children, and this is our continuing money that supports services to pre-school children ages three to five who meet the guidelines,” Bridges said. “[The grant] lets us continue the work we do in 24 classrooms throughout Penobscot and Piscataquis counties.”
The program serves children as far north as Patten, as west as Abbott and south to Newport and places in between.
Head Start is a comprehensive child development program that serves children from birth to age five, pregnant women and their families.
According to a recent announcement, since it inception in 1965, the program has served more than 18 million children throughout the country.