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US Representative Aumua Amata Coleman Radewagen

Proudly Representing American Samoa

Amata Welcomes $3.9 Million in Children’s Head Start Education Funds for American Samoa

August 2, 2018
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Wednesday, Congresswoman Aumua Amata welcomed nearly $3.9 million for the Head Start program in American Samoa. These funds are designated to the American Samoa Department of Education for Head Start over the span of a five-year project by the federal Administration for Children and Families (ACF).

“The Head Start program is intended to help our kids start down a lifelong path of learning by developing a good educational foundation early in their schooling,” said Aumua Amata. “I’m pleased to welcome these federal funds for American Samoa, and want to especially thank all the educators involved here in American Samoa in Head Start and teaching our children.”

Specifically, this discretionary grant of $3,876,974 was authorized by Congress as part of the federal budget for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), of which ACF is a part, along with its national Office of Head Start. The grant is available to the American Samoa Education Department’s Early Childhood Division.

“Thank you once again to the Trump Administration and HHS Secretary Alex Azar for this federal support for American Samoa’s childhood education,” continued Congresswoman Amata. “We also appreciate ACF’s current leadership, Acting Assistant Secretary Steven Wagner, and the national Office of Head Start Director Dr. Deborah Bergeron.”

“Thank you to Education Director Dr. Ruth Matagi-Tofiga and Project Director Lesieli Miscoi, along with anyone taking part in this grant process or management,” concluded Amata. “Grants often involve local effort in the application process so that these services can be funded.”