Vela Announces $20 Million Grant for Neighbors in Need of Services Inc. (NINOS)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Funds Will Support Head Start

April 8, 2015

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April 8, 2015                                                                           Brenda Rangel 956.564.1527

                                                                                                                                         

PRESS RELEASE: Vela Announces $20 Million Grant for Neighbors in Need of Services Inc. (NINOS)

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Funds Will Support Head Start

 

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Representative Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, announced that Neighbors in Need of Services Inc., (NINOS), a non-profit comprehensive child development institution, was awarded a $20,909,593 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The grant is part of a funding package Neighbors in Need of Services Inc. receives to provide Early Head Start and Head Start services through 41 child care and development centers in Cameron and Willacy Counties. 

“This federal funding will allow NINOS to provide critical services to children and families in Cameron and Willacy Counties,” noted U.S. Rep. Vela.  “Continued access to the Early Head Start and Head Start programs helps ensure that children develop the academic and life skills they need to succeed. The work of NINOS and other community partners builds strong families, and I congratulate all the employees and volunteers on their efforts which have resulted in continued federal support for their work.”

Neighbors In Need Of Services, Inc. (NINOS) Head Start/Early Head Start provides comprehensive child development services to 2,914 children and their families from pregnancy through four years of age in Cameron and Willacy Counties. The program also employs 553 staff. The services Head Start children and their families receive include education, nutrition, dental, health, mental health, transition, disabilities, parent involvement and complete social service support. One of the criteria for receiving Head Start services is that the families meet Federal Income Guidelines.

“I thank all who have helped our organization secure these much-needed grant funds over so many years,” said NINOS Director Manuela Rendon. “These funds help us continue our passion of providing children and families in South Texas with the resources necessary to become successful, and ultimately move an entire generation into the middle class. I thank Congressman Vela for his continued support as we continue to grow, and we look forward to being an enabling force in South Texas."

The NINOS Inc. program also provides transportation to centers located in the rural areas. Because the children transported are under the age of five, the NINOS, Inc. program has guidelines necessary to transport very young children. The guidelines outline procedures for vehicle maintenance, use of installed child safety seats and passenger harnesses, as well as responsibilities and qualifications of bus drivers and bus monitors. Children are assisted on and off the bus and are supervised at all times while riding on the bus.

For more information on the services provided by Neighbors in Need of Services please visit http://www.ninosinc.org or call (956) 399-9944. 

 

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