December 20, 2018

Castro Welcomes $1,170,081 to the Daughters of Charity Services for Expanding Access to Education

SAN ANTONIO—Congressman Joaquin Castro (TX-20), Chairman Elect of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, and a member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, today announces the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is awarding the Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio with a Head Start grant to support a Head Start and Early Head Start program on the Southside of San Antonio.

“We know education is the surest path to success, and I am pleased to have learned of the $1,170,081 grant awarded to the Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio to support early education programs on San Antonio’s Southside. Each of us play a part in building a better future for our children and for our next generation of leaders. Programs such as these offer critical foundations for our youth,” said Rep. Castro. “We must make sure that every student, no matter where they reside, have equal access to education, and that we work together in building a stronger Infrastructure of Opportunity for a more prosperous tomorrow.”

Background: The HHS has awarded $1,170,081.00 to the Daughters of Charity Services of San Antonio. The grant is intended to expand access to early education in the Southside of San Antonio by offering services 5 days per week. The Daughter of Charity of San Antonio will use the grant for their Early Head Start program for infants and toddlers ages 0 to 3 years old and will serve an estimated 48 children. Their Head Start program for children ages 3 to 5 years old will serve 51 students. In addition, the Daughters of Charity Services intends to offer parent engagement and support services in order to promote family involvement with their child’s learning.

Throughout his life and career, Congressman Castro has been an avid voice for equal access to education. Congressman Castro is a founding chair of the Congressional Pre-K Caucus and former Vice Chairman of the Higher Education Committee in the Texas House. Congressman Castro is active on several boards of education-related, non-profit organizations, including the National College Advising Corps, and the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials’ (NALEO) Taskforce on Education. Congressman Castro believes in an Infrastructure of Opportunity, where all have equal access to a great education system that enables Americans to pursue their American Dream.

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