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Harris applauds nearly $10 million grant for Shore Up!

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WASHINGTON, DC — Rep. Andy Harris, M.D., Maryland-R-1st, announced the award of a $9,805,843 federal grant to Shore Up! Inc., a facility in Salisbury that’s focus is to help people reach personal economic independence. SHORE UP is an acronym which stands for: “Self-Help on Rural Economics and Urban Problems.”

The Administration for Children and Families, a division of the Department of Health and Human Service, allocated the funds to Shore Up! under the Head Start Program. Specifically, the Head Start Program is designed to promote school readiness of children ages birth to 5 years old from low-income families by supporting the development of the whole child.

Shore Up! offers Head Start and Early Head Start programs at 13 centers on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, including the one in Grasonville.

“As a member of the Health and Human Services subcommittee of the Committee on Appropriations, I applaud the award of these federal funds to help families in need on the Eastern Shore,” Harris said in a statement. “Shore Up! serves many low-income families in the greater Salisbury region, and their work with Head Start will help disadvantaged kids become successful and thrive.

“Promoting early education and self-sufficiency is critical to our Eastern Shore communities, and I am pleased HHS has once again made a sizable Head Start award to Shore Up!”

To receive an application for the Early Head Start program, email EHS@shoreup.org. For Head Start, e-mail HS@shoreup.org. Or, call 410-749-1142, ext. 341. For more information on both programs, visit www.shoreup.org.

To receive services, families must be income eligible.

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