Shaheen, Hassan announce funding

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sens. Jeanne Shaheen and Maggie Hassan, both D-N.H., helped secure more than $3.8 million from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Child Care for the University System of New Hampshire.

The senators said the Preschool Development Grant will strengthen New Hampshire’s early childhood education system and work to improve outcomes for children, families, schools and communities. Specifically, this grant will fund research on child and family systemic needs and the development of a strategic plan to create a comprehensive coordinated early childhood care and education system

“Providing a comprehensive early childhood education can make an enormous difference for a child’s life, particularly for those who come from families that are struggling financially or are impacted by substance use disorder,” Shaheen said.

“Ensuring that all of our children have a high-quality education from a young age is essential to their future success and the strength of our state as a whole,” Hassan added. “By helping to bolster preschool infrastructure and expand preschool programs to more families in the Granite State, this federal funding will help build a brighter future for more of our youngest citizens.”