Congresswoman Barbara Lee Announces Nearly $17 Million in Federal Head Start Funds

Oakland, CA - Today, Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA) announced a $16,702,952 federal grant for the City of Oakland to support Head Start and Early Head Start Programs.  The grant was awarded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

“I am excited to announce this critical funding to strengthen and expand Oakland’s Head Start and Early Head Start Programs,” said Congresswoman Barbara Lee.  “The data is clear: early childhood education helps empower every child with the opportunity to succeed, especially low-income children and children of color. As a member of the education funding subcommittee, I will continue fighting to bring these vital resources for Early Head Start, Head Start, and preschool development to the East Bay.”

The City of Oakland has been a grantee of Head Start Programs since 1972.  In 2009, the city received the American Recovery Reinvestment Act (ARRA) Early Head Start Expansion Grant. Every year, City of Oakland Head Start and Early Head Start programs provide full-day or part-day center-based, home-based, and family care options for more than 2,000 children and families, in partnership with the Unity Council.


Congresswoman Lee is a member of the Appropriations and Budget Committees, the Steering and Policy Committee, is a Senior Democratic Whip, former chair of the Congressional Black Caucus and co-chair of the Progressive Caucus. She serves as chair of the Whip’s Task Force on Poverty and Opportunity.