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Feds announce $2 million grant for local Head Start program

Source: Media releases, Office of Congresswoman Aumua Amata

Washington, DC — The Administration for Children and Families (ACF) has awarded a grant of $2,143,469 to American Samoa Dept. of Education (ASDOE) in supplemental funding for the American Samoa Head Start Program.

 “I am glad that the ACF continues to supply funding for this critical program,” stated Congresswoman Aumua Amata. “Early education has always been extremely important and it is crucial that we do all we can to make sure these efforts continue. This important funding will be very helpful in giving our island’s students their literal “head start” in forming a better and brighter future,” continued Amata.

The American Samoa Head Start program promotes the school readiness of young children from low-income families through agencies in their local community. Both Head Start and Early Head Start programs offer a variety of service models, depending on the needs of the local community. Programs may be based in centers, schools, or family childcare homes.

 “I would like to thank the officials at ACF for providing this funding for our young people who are just beginning their academic endeavors as well as Milaneta Tinitali and her staff at the ASDOE, Early Childhood Division for their continuous hard work for our children,” concluded Amata.


Congresswoman Aumua Amata, issued the following statement after President-elect Donald Trump announced the nomination of Rep. Tom Price, M.D. (R-GA) for the position of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary.

“President-elect Trump's selection of my friend and colleague, Dr. Tom Price, is welcome news to Americans concerned with the sharply rising cost of healthcare. As Chairman of the Small Business Subcommittee on Health and Technology, I am happy to know that we will be working with a Secretary of HHS who has experience as both a medical professional and as chairman of the House Budget Committee.

With the desperately needed improvements regarding healthcare services in American Samoa, I look forward to working with Dr. Price whose expertise will be a great asset to the administration,” stated Amata.