- Associated Press - Thursday, April 9, 2015

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - Two Head Start programs in southern West Virginia will receive nearly $11 million in federal funding.

U.S. Sens. Joe Manchin and Shelley Moore Capito announced the funding Wednesday.

The Southwestern Community Action Council serving families in Cabell, Lincoln, Mason, and Wayne counties will receive $6.6 million. And the Coalfield Community Action Partnership serving families in McDowell and Mingo counties will receive $4.2 million.

Head Start is a national development program for low-income children helps prepare them for school from a young age.

The program is administered by the Department of Health and Human Services and offers eligible children and their families access to health, nutrition, education and social services.

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