Next year, the Merced County Office of Education will hire 60 new teachers for Early Head Start programs thanks to $2.7 million in federal stimulus funding that expanded the county office's current Head Start program.
Wednesday was the anniversary of the signing of the federal American Reinvestment Act, or stimulus program.
The funding will serve 200 low-income children and families in Merced County and provide them with early schooling and health care support.
Money will also go toward providing at-home visits for 144 of the new children in Early Head Start.
Nationally, the stimulus package provided $5 billion for early child care and education. California received about $500 million of this funding.