WASHINGTON, DC – Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer (IA-01) announced that the Hiawatha-based Hawkeye Community Action Program will receive a grant totaling $539,476 for their Head Start program from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Head Start is a federally-funded program serving low-income children from birth to age 5, preparing them for school and providing other critical social services, including mental health services and family and community partnerships.
“Head Start truly makes a difference in the lives of Iowa’s kids, providing them with not only a great education, but also mental health and nutrition services to keep them healthy and ensure a bright future,” Congresswoman Abby Finkenauer said. “The Hawkeye Area Community Foundation has done wonderful work in Eastern Iowa, and with this grant they’ll continue to serve our kids and the greater community.”
The Hawkeye Area Community Action Program is the community action agency serving Benton, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, Linn and Washington counties. In addition to facilitating Head Start programming, it provides numerous other community services including meals, veterans’ services, affordable housing and financial literacy programs.