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Congresswoman Brenda Lawrence

Representing the 14th District of Michigan

U.S. Rep. Lawrence Announces More Than $7 Million for Local Head Start Programs as Part of the American Rescue Plan

June 23, 2021
Press Release

Detroit, MI - Today, Representative Brenda L. Lawrence (MI-14) announced more than $7 million for local Head Start programs in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. The grant funding comes from the American Rescue Plan’s Head Start Emergency Supplemental program and is distributed from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“I’m thrilled that more than $7 million is coming back home for Head Start programs in Michigan’s 14th Congressional District. As our communities start to get back on their feet, this funding will go a long way to support our children and families most in need,” said Rep. Lawrence. “Three months after Democrats passed and got the American Rescue Plan signed into law, the 14th District continues to receive relief and help from the stimulus package. It’s these types of investments in our families, from Head Start to child care, that will get our country and economy back to full strength.”

“The newly awarded American Rescue Plan funding will enable our district to maintain a high level of support for families needing assistance in mitigating the social and emotional effects resulting from the pandemic. In addition, this funding will aid in stabilizing our early child care programs by providing increased opportunities for children and families living in poverty to engage in comprehensive early learning, health, nutrition, school transition and overall family support services,” said Dr. Jennifer Green, Superintendent of Southfield Public Schools. 

“The impact of the over 1.2 million dollars Wayne Metro Community Action has received will reach over 1000 children in families throughout Wayne County. With these funds we are able to provide a summer program targeting 4 year olds heading to kindergarten in the fall, to help close the achievement gap caused by repeated closures this past school year,” said Louis Piszker, Chief Executive Officer of Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency. “We are also excited to be able to make much needed upgrades to our playgrounds, which not only benefits the children in our program, but also the surrounding neighborhoods. "

“The American Rescue Plan funds will provide significant opportunities for the Matrix Human Services Head Start programs and our partners, while helping to stimulate the local economy,” said Cristal Claussen, Vice President of Early Childhood Programs for Matrix Human Services.  “Two of our biggest issues emerging from the pandemic is the age and lack of flexibility of our early childhood spaces, and the financial toll the pandemic had on our child care partners. As we plan our return to in person learning, these funds will improve our learning environments with new paint and flooring; create comfortable and sequestered spaces for sick children; revamp our playgrounds to become extensions of our classrooms; and support our child care partners’ economic stability. We are grateful for these funds and for the legislation that created them.”

“Starfish Family Services is honored and excited to receive support for our Head Start programming from the American Rescue Plan (ARP). Every day we strive to strengthen families to create brighter futures for children. Every child deserves a great start in school and in life,” said Ann Kalass, CEO of Starfish Family Services. “Not only do the years before kindergarten lay the building blocks for success throughout life, but a child’s early years also create the foundation for strong communities for everyone. We appreciate Congresswoman Lawrence's continued support of resources that build healthy and empowered families, and successful students.” 



Southfield Public School District


Oakland Livingston Human Service Agency


Wayne Metropolitan Community Action Agency


Matrix Human Services


Metropolitan Children and Youth, Inc.


Starfish Family Services, Inc.


The Order of the Fishermen Ministry




The funding for Head Start comes in addition to $1,137,932,650 Rep. Lawrence secured to help Michigan reopen child care providers safely, keep workers on payroll, and lower costs for hardworking families.