From 13 WHAM News

Rochester, N.Y. – Federal funding is said to be on the way to help with local early childhood services.

At a news conference Friday, Congressman Joe Morelle said about $1.5 million has been allocated for the All Kids Thrive program. The funding will come in over a three-year period.

Morelle said the grant will help expand early childhood services in our area and combat health issues that can be present in impoverished areas.

A recent report from The Children’s Agenda claimed there is a deficiency in early childcare options in Monroe County. Researchers called on additional funding from the state and federal government.

“Bringing together social, educational, health services together in an integrated way and looking at children as whole people with challenges that may be more than a single dimension and working with their families is so very important,” said Morelle. “We’re all dedicated to doing that and hopefully, today, this announcement and the work being done by the really outstanding people standing behind me will help us achieve our goals of making sure that every child lives up to his or her potential.”

With the grant, Morelle’s office said GROW-Rochester health, behavior and development screening programs will be able to expand to children between the ages of 12 months to five years old.

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