Rep. Axne Announces $1,200,000 Grant for Head Start Projects in Council Bluffs

February 6, 2020
Press Release

Today, Rep. Cindy Axne (IA-03) announced a $1,239,123 grant for Head Start projects from the Department of Health and Human Services. The grant was awarded to Family, Inc., an education non-profit and Early Head Start provider based in Council Bluffs.

“Providing a quality education to Iowa children starts with programs like Head Start, and countless studies show the endless benefits that early childhood education can have on a child’s future,” said Rep. Axne. “I’ve long been an advocate for early childhood education because as a mom of two boys, I know how important it is. We know that kids who have access to early childhood education enter into kindergarten better prepared to succeed. I’m pleased to see this robust investment in Pottawattamie County’s next generation.”

Rep. Axne has voted multiple times in her first term in Congress to increase investments in Head Start programs.

In December, Rep. Axne joined her Democratic and Republican colleagues in supporting a Fiscal Year 2020 appropriations package that included $10.6 billion for Head Start, an increase of more than $500 million over Fiscal Year 2019.

Rep. Axne has also been focused on making government grants more accessible and transparent.

Last year, President Trump signed the Axne-sponsored Grant Reporting Efficiency and Agreements Transparency (GREAT) Act of 2019 into law, streamlining the outdated and burdensome federal grant process, making it easier and cheaper for Iowans to apply for grants, and allowing taxpayers to better track government spending.