Thursday, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez announced the Hidalgo County Head Start program would be receiving federal funding.

According to a press release, the program will be receiving $13,856,191.

The head start program promotes school readiness for pre-school children from low-income families.

The release states the grant is expected to provide comprehensive assistance in such as educational, nutritional, health, social, and special services, to upwards of 3,690 children and their families in Hidalgo County.

The Hidalgo County Head Start Program Executive Director, Teresa Flores, states she is excited to receive the funds.

This funding will ensure that our comprehensive services to all 3,690 children and their families will continue uninterrupted. Under our grant we are partnering with 10 school districts (Edinburg CISD, McAllen ISD, Mission CISD, La Joya ISD, Edcouch ISD, Monte Alto ISD, Weslaco ISD, Progreso ISD, Pharr-San Juan-Alamo ISD and Mercedes ISD) and provide dual enrollment of our children in the program and with a school districts,” said Flores in the release.