Allegheny County Head Start and Early Head Start programs are expecting about $1.86 million in federal economic stimulus money, an amount that could expand the programs by as many as 400 children.
Head Start leaders conducted a news conference Thursday to highlight the stimulus money, emphasize the importance of early childhood education and announce Head Start Week and open houses next week.
The three county providers of Head Start are Pittsburgh Public Schools, Allegheny Intermediate Unit and the Council of Three Rivers American Indian Center. Early Head Start programs are offered by the council as well the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development, Family Foundations Early Head Start.
Some of the stimulus money will be spent on professional development. It is uncertain exactly when the money will become available.