The federal government is providing more than $28 million for early childhood development services in Albuquerque and other communities over the next five years.
U.S. Sen. Tom Udall announced the grants on Wednesday to a non-profit organization and the city of Albuquerque.
HELP-New Mexico Inc., a non-profit group, will receive more than $3 million a year to provide services to children and low-income families through the Head Start and Early Head Start programs in parts of the state.
The city of Albuquerque will receive nearly $2.7 million a year — more than $13 million over five years — for early childhood educational, health and social services.
The Department of Health and Human Services awarded the grants.
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