Judge Lina Hidalgo announces multi-million dollar Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids initiative

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HARRIS COUNTY – On Wednesday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and members of the US Congress announced a multi-million dollar initiative for Harris County’s youngest residents – Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids.

The initiative, which was made possible with funds from the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA), will consist of several programs that will address early childhood education and development, as well as infant health support and children.

The more than $80 million in funds will be split between five different programs: the Child Tax Credit Awareness Program, the Early Years Impact Fund, the Maternal and Child Health Program, the Niche Program contractors for child care, as well as the lead reduction and prevention program.

“All of these projects will greatly benefit the people of the Greater Houston area as they will improve the quality of life for many children, provide parents with child development education and resources, increase the number of providers childcare services available, as well as strengthening the health of many infants. It is extremely important for us to invest in our young people, because they are our future. I thank Justice Hidalgo for what she has done to help make Houston a leading city in early childhood development. I look forward to supporting future similar initiatives that may be launched by Harris County,” Congressman Al Green said in part.

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