photo courtesy of Congressman Hanna's Office

The Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency will be getting near $8 million in federal funding for Head Start and Early Head Start programs.

The funding from the Department of Health and Human Services was announced by Congressman Richard Hanna.

Hanna says the funding will specifically account for 766 Head Start and 98 Early Head Start students.

“Thanks to Mohawk Valley Community Action, our youngest residents in Herkimer and Oneida counties are prepared to enter kindergarten,” Rep. Hanna said. “Early education helps make our nation more competitive and ensure each child has the opportunity to reach his or her full potential. One in four children starts their life in poverty. Through education, we can ensure their lives do not end in poverty.”

MVCAA has operated the Head Start programs in Oneida and Herkimer Counties for nearly 40 years.