LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- JCPS has been awarded a new Head Start grant that's worth nearly $75 million.

This is according to a release that was issued on Wednesday.

Over the next five years, JCPS Early Childhood will receive $14,940,884 annually, for a total amount of $74,704,420. The funds are the largest Head Start grant in the history of JCPS.

The funds will allow JCPS to provide Head Start services to more than 1,500 students each year.

“I am extremely proud of the hard work our Early Childhood staff put in over the last two years to ensure the district was in a place to secure this grant and move forward providing top-notch early childhood education to our most vulnerable students,” said Dr. Donna Hargens in a release. “Today’s announcement is the result of a team effort that crafted a new plan that puts students and their education first.”

JCPS will also continue to negotiate with the Office of Head Start during the next few months in an effort to secure additional federal funds for start-up costs and cost-of-living increases. Officials say the start-up costs and cost-of-living increases will be in addition to the base award amount.

JCPS submitted its application in November of 2015.

Families who have preschool students may apply online or go to the application center at 701 South Hancock Street.

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