Recently, Congressman Filemon Vela (D-TX), announced that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has awarded Neighbors in Need of Services, Inc. (NINOS) a $5.6 million grant administered to Head Start programs.

For 30 years, NINOS has provided Head Start and Early Head Start programs to families in South Texas. The Head Start program was created in 1964 by President Lyndon B. Johnson to help children from low-income families prepare for school by providing access to educational, nutritional, and other resources.

“NINOS, Inc., since its inception in 1990, has been a beacon of hope for the children and families of the Cameron and Willacy counties,” Manuela Rendon, Director of NINOS, Inc. Head Start, said. “We will continue to strive to bond available resources to create a brighter future for the children and families.”

“The Head Start program through NINOS has had a lasting and positive impact on children and families in the Rio Grande Valley,” Congressman Vela said. “I am happy to hear that NINOS, Inc. has received this grant so that they can continue to do the good work they do and provide the youngest and most vulnerable members of our community with the firm foundation they need to go on to become successful students.”