July 06, 2021

Congresswoman Cori Bush Announces $1.1 Million to Support the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Head Start Program

ST. LOUIS, MO — Today, Congresswoman Cori Bush (MO-01) announced more than $1 million in funding for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis as part of the American Rescue Plan. The funding will support the organization’s Head Start program and its mission to provide quality early childhood education and a nurturing environment to children and families in St. Louis.

“Ensuring every child in St. Louis has access to quality early childhood education that will set them up for future success is fundamental to creating a more equitable St. Louis,” said Congresswoman Cori Bush. “The Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis’s Head Start Program provides child development and comprehensive wellness services in a safe and nurturing environment. The program is a pillar of our community in Missouri’s First District. I’m proud that our work on the American Rescue Plan secured these funds so the Urban League can continue its work of educating our next generation and supporting our entire community.”

“The Urban League is overwhelmingly grateful to the Biden administration, our Congresswoman Cori Bush and the Head Start Regional and National Offices for this amazing opportunity,” said Michael McMillian, President and CEO of the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis, Inc. “This grant will provide over $1,000,000 in funding to help our children have improved facilities at several of our locations. Investments in our youth always pay off many times over and Head Start has a track record of over 50 years of changing lives across America! We are grateful for our partnership and look forward to working together in the future!”

The funding for Head Start comes in addition to the $721 million Congresswoman Cori Bush secured to help Missouri reopen child care providers safely, keep workers on payroll, and lower costs for working families.


Congresswoman Cori Bush represents Missouri’s First Congressional District in the United States House of Representatives. She serves on the House Judiciary Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. She is also a Deputy Whip of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and a proud member of the Congressional Black Caucus. She is a registered nurse, single mother, and an ordained pastor. Following the murder of Michael Brown Jr. by a now-terminated Ferguson police officer, she became a civil rights activist and community organizer fighting for justice for Black lives on the streets of Missouri and across the country.