Matzie: Nearly $1.5 million awarded to boost Beaver County early education programs

AMBRIDGE, Aug. 2 – Beaver County preschoolers will have greater access to early learning resources thanks to nearly $1.5 million in funding awarded to bolster area Pre-K Counts and Head Start Supplemental Assistance programs, state Rep. Rob Matzie announced today.

Matzie, D-Beaver/Allegheny, said the funding from the state Department of Education’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning will increase the number of available Pre-K Counts slots and help ensure that area Head Start programs have the resources to manage increased operating costs.

“The right start in life makes all the difference in the world,” Matzie said. “Securing this funding means more kids in our community will benefit from early learning programs that stimulate young minds, help kids build confidence and interact with peers, and ensure that they have the nutrition and health resources they need to thrive.”

Matzie said the funding includes the following:

Pre-K Counts

  • Aliquippa School District – $400,000
  • Chippewa Noah’s Ark LLC – $170,000

Head Start

  • Private Industry Council (serving Beaver and Fayette counties) – $925,900

More information on the grants is available here: