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Jun 5, 2015

Tester announces grant to teachers and students at Anaconda Head Start

Senator worked closely with Health and Human Services to secure $354,689 grant

(ANACONDA, Mont.) - During a visit to the Anaconda-Deer Lodge Head Start today, Senator Jon Tester announced to students and faculty a $354,689 Health and Human Services (HHS) grant.

The Anaconda-Deer Lodge Head Start had applied for the grant earlier this year, but the application was not fully considered by HHS because of technical issues. Tester worked closely with regional HHS officials to have the application reconsidered and ultimately Anaconda-Deer Lodge Head Start was awarded the grant.

"Children who are enrolled in early childhood development initiatives like Head Start do better in school and are more likely to graduate from college," Tester said. "This grant allows families in Anaconda to continue sending their children to Head Start where they will get a leg up and increase their shot at success."

Anaconda-Deer Lodge Head Start has been operating since 1967 and provides comprehensive early childhood development for 90 children between the ages of three and five.

In Anaconda, at least 90 percent of the children attending Head Start are living below the federal poverty line.

Earlier this year, Republicans in Congress passed a budget that cuts $19 billion from Head Start and eliminates 35,000 slots from Head Starts across the country.

Head Starts are located in 61 cities across Montana.


Office Contact Information

Senator Tester's Montana staff serves the state from offices in Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Great Falls, Helena, Kalispell, and Missoula. Please bring your concerns with federal agencies, academy nominations, and other situations to one of these Montana offices.


Judge Jameson Federal Building
2900 4th Ave N, Suite 201
Billings, MT 59101
Phone: (406) 252-0550
Fax: (406) 252-7768


Avant Courier Building
1 E Main Street, Suite 202
Bozeman, MT 59715
Phone: (406) 586-4450
Fax: (406) 586-7647


Silver Bow Center
125 W Granite, Suite 200
Butte, MT 59701
Phone: (406) 723-3277
Fax: (406) 782-4717

Great Falls

119 1st Avenue N, Suite 102
Great Falls, MT 59401
Phone: (406) 452-9585
Fax: (406) 452-9586


Capital One Center
208 N Montana Avenue, Suite 202
Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 449-5401
Fax: (406) 449-5462


8 Third Street E
Kalispell, MT 59901
Phone: (406) 257-3360
Fax: (406) 257-3974


130 W Front St.
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: (406) 728-3003
Fax: (406) 728-2193

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