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Release: #14-117
December 10, 2014
Contact: Communications
Phone: 916-319-0818

State Schools Chief Tom Torlakson Announces CDE Award of a
$4.4 Million Early Head Start Grant for Rural Northern Counties

SACRAMENTO—State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson announced today that the California Department of Education (CDE) will receive $4.4 million in federal funds that will be used to enhance child development services for 260 high-need infants and toddlers residing in nine rural Northern California counties.

"Nothing is more important than ensuring children receive quality early education in a safe environment. We welcome this grant to help build upon our existing state-funded child care and development programs," Torlakson said. "It will be especially helpful to these rural counties."

The Early Head Start—Child Care Partnership is a new competitive grant that supports the partnering of Early Head Start programs with child care providers to expand the number of high-quality slots for infants and toddlers.

The winners were announced this morning by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Administration for Children and Families. The CDE is one of 234 preliminarily selected grant applicants in 49 states; Washington, D.C.; Puerto Rico; and the Northern Mariana Islands that will receive more than $435 million in funding to help offer such care and services.

The nine counties are Butte, Del Norte, Glenn, Humboldt, Mendocino, Sutter, Trinity, Yuba, and one additional county yet to be named.

Children served in the Partnership will receive comprehensive services which include education, health, child development, and family support services under Early Head Start and benefit from high-quality services that meet state and federal standards.

For more information on the grant, please visit U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [] External link opens in new window or tab. Web site.

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Tom Torlakson — State Superintendent of Public Instruction
Communications Division, Room 5602, 916-319-0818, Fax 916-319-0100

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