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

HARRIS COUNTY – On Wednesday, Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo, Commissioner Rodney Ellis and members of the U.S. 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 by the Federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds, will consist of multiple programs that will address early childhood education and development, as well as support infant and child health.

The more than $80 million in funds will be distributed between five different programs: The Child Tax Credit Outreach Program, the Early Childhood Impact Fund, Maternal and Child Health Program, Child Care Contracted Slots Program, as well as the Lead Abatement and Prevention Program.

“All of these projects will be of great benefit to the people of the Greater Houston area because they will improve the quality of life for many children, provide parents with child development education and resources, increase the number of childcare providers available, as well as strengthen the health of many infants. It is exceedingly important for us to invest in our youth because they are our future. I thank Judge Hidalgo for what she’s 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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