Holyoke Chicopee Springfield Head Start

A treatment area in the emergency room at Bay State Medical Center in Springfield, MA
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    A new government report underscores the challenge facing public health officials in Massachusetts as the opioid addiction crisis continues to grip the state.

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Federal funds are paying for an expansion of pre-school programs in Springfield, Massachusetts, where children from poor families have historically struggled academically and dropped out before graduating from high school.

A $2 million federal grant will open 11 additional Head Start classrooms for infants and toddlers from low- income families in Springfield.  Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, who announced the funding, praised Head Start as a last vestige from the Great Society programs of the 1960s.