Mar 7, 2003
Press Release

NEW YORK: Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney announced a $321,000 federal grant today, awarded to Educational Alliance through the Office for Children and Families (OCF) to expand Head Start programs for children and families of the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Alphabet City communities. Congresswoman Maloney, who wrote to OCF regarding the grant on behalf of Educational Alliance, joined Carol Judelson, Chairwoman of the Board of Trustees for Educational Alliance, Linda Lynn, Secretary of Board, Robin Bernstein, Executive Director of Educational Alliance, and Marion Lazer, Senior Associate Executive Director, in a tour of Head Start services at the site today. Youth participants also joined in today's announcement.

Congresswoman Maloney made the following statement today: "It is with great pleasure and pride that I stand here today to congratulate the Educational Alliance on their recent grant award of $321,000 from the Office for Children and Families. For over 100 years, the Educational Alliance has provided the diverse Lower East Side community with innovative educational and cultural opportunities and social services. Their successful implementation of special programs and services designed to focus on family and community have healed and strengthened communities on the Lower East Side that were directly affected by the events of 9/11."

"The recently awarded $321,000 grant from the Office for Children and Families will expand the Head Start program for an additional 30 children and their families from the Lower East Side, Chinatown and Alphabet City community. Before 9/11, these families needed comprehensive Head Start services based on their economic, social and educational hardships. September 11th exacerbated their ongoing anguish and distress. The Alliance has set an unparalleled standard in the social service field. Their innovative programs have served as models for other agencies throughout the nation. Their Children and Family Division, designed to focus on the development of family and community, has been the deserving recipient of more than 3 million dollars in federal grant awards in 2002 alone."

"In the Head Start Program, the Alliance staff partners with the child and his or her family and the school district to strengthen the community school model and develop strategies to assist in the cognitive and social development of the children. This program expansion adds an additional element - that of healing and rebuilding a community in anguish from the devastating attack on our city. Congratulations to all the staff and members of the Educational Alliance and thank you for your tireless dedication to improving the quality of life of the children and families of our community."