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Early Reach Program
In 2022, Harris County launched the Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids Initiative, a comprehensive effort to enhance the well-being of young and vulnerable residents through an $84 million investment of ARPA funds. The initiative includes five programs for children ages zero to three, including the Early Reach Program. Early Reach aims to establish 1,000 new high-quality childcare slots, using $26 million budget allocated from the ARPA funds. This pilot program, which will run for 2-4 years with the potential to be continued by the Harris County Commissioners, targets children aged 0-4 in high-need areas. Sources: Defender Network News Service. (2022). Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids Initiative launched. Gordon, M. (2023). Affordable day care is hard to find. A new Harris County program could help fix that. Houston Landing. Early Reach.(n.d.). What is Early REACH (Raising Educational Access for Children in Harris County)?
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    • Expansion
      • Public Pre-K
      2022 $84 million
      Initiative aims to establish 1,000 new high-quality childcare slots using $26 million budget allocated from ARPA funds
      In 2022, Harris County launched the Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids Initiative, a comprehensive effort to enhance the well-being of young and vulnerable residents through an $84 million investment of ARPA funds. The initiative includes five programs for children ages zero to three, including the Early Reach Program. Early Reach aims to establish 1,000 new high-quality childcare slots, using $26 million budget allocated from the ARPA funds. This pilot program, which will run for 2-4 years with the potential to be continued by the Harris County Commissioners, targets children aged 0-4 in high-need areas. Sources: Defender Network News Service. (2022). Brighter Futures for Harris County Kids Initiative launched. Gordon, M. (2023). Affordable day care is hard to find. A new Harris County program could help fix that. Houston Landing. Early Reach.(n.d.). What is Early REACH (Raising Educational Access for Children in Harris County)?
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      County population

      4,835,125 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2023

      Number of children age 0-4

      6.70% Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2023

      Children under 18 in families below poverty line

      16.40% Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

      Median household income

      $70,789 Source U.S. Census Bureau, 2022

      Unemployment rate

      4.60% Source U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, February 2024