The Ravalli Head Start and Early Head Start programs in the Bitterroot will be receiving $3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Montana Senator Jon Tester said the funds will provide better access to resources for early childhood education. Senator Tester, in a news release Wednesday, said, "The coronavirus pandemic has upended life as we know it across our state and the disruption has been particularly difficult on the most vulnerable Montanans - low-income families and their children. The Head Start funds are a lifeline to the Montana families in the Bitterroot."

Head Start has been a mainstay in the valley, and is just completing an expansion at its offices on Kurtz Lane. The program offers classes, along with nutrition, health and childrearing help, along with postnatal health for families. Tester also announced grants of $1.5 million for Missoula Head Start, $1 million to Havre's program and $3.6 million for Billings Head Start.

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