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Congresswoman Trahan Applauds $1.8 Million in Head Start Funding for Community Action, Inc in Haverhill

LOWELL, MA - Today, Congresswoman Lori Trahan (MA-03), a member of the House Education and Labor Committee, announced $1,803,213 in federal Head Start funding for Community Action, Inc., a non-profit organization in Haverhill. This grant was awarded by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Administration for Children and Families’ Office of Head Start. 

“The outstanding staff at Community Action, Inc. have spent nearly every day for the past eight months working to deliver critical resources to families in need throughout Haverhill and surrounding communities,” said Congresswoman Trahan. “Their emergency programming has allowed students and families to access top tier developmental resources and opportunities, even during the COVID-19 pandemic. This federal funding will help them expand their footprint in our community and set up even more students and their families for success.”

“Community Action, Inc. is grateful for the Head Start grant award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services,” said Kerri Sheeran Perry, CEO of Community Action, Inc. “ This critical funding will allow us to continue providing high quality early learning programming to hundreds of eligible children in the Greater Haverhill area.  CAI’s early learning program includes a strong, curriculum-based education with nutritional support, and family resources.”


Congresswoman Lori Trahan has used her position as a member of the House Education and Labor Committee to advocate for increased funding for Head Start. In negotiations over Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 appropriations, Trahan successfully requested increased funding for Head Start. The program received $11.6 billion in funding for the year, an increase of $1.5 billion over the total allocated for FY2019. Trahan continues to advocate for additional funding for this important program, having supported a similar request for increased Head Start funding in FY2021 appropriations negotiations.