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NH Delegation Applauds $1 Million Headed to Campus Compact for New Hampshire to Better Support Students

(Washington, DC) – U.S. Senators Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), chair of the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies (CJS), and Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representatives Annie Kuster (NH-02) and Chris Pappas (NH-01) welcomed a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Education (DOE) headed to Campus Compact for New Hampshire (CCNH).  

This award is allocated through the DOE’s Statewide Family Engagement Centers Program and will support CCNH’s efforts to engage family networks and support students’ academic success across Carroll, Coos, Grafton and Hillsborough counties – with a particular focus on the North Country and Manchester. Senators Shaheen and Hassan have previously worked to secure robust funding of the program.

“I’m thrilled to see these federal funds headed to Campus Compact for New Hampshire to support students through innovative programs that bolster students’ success in the classroom by engaging their families and communities,” said Senator Shaheen. “This investment in Granite State students so early-on – and the partnership of teachers and families each step of the way – will advance critical life skills for students of all ages. I’ll continue to advocate for federal funding to make sure Granite State students have the resources necessary to learn and lead fulfilling lives.” 

“Robust family engagement programs help our students succeed in the classroom and in every facet of their lives,” said Senator Hassan. “I am glad to announce federal funding to Campus Compact for NH’s program that will use evidence-based practices to support our students in each step of their academic career. I will continue to work to make sure that Granite State students can succeed.”

“These federal funds for Campus Compact for New Hampshire will help support students and their families, setting them up for success – whether they are just beginning their education, or pursing education opportunities beyond K-12,” said Representative Kuster. “This is an important investment in Granite State families and the future of our children and young adults, and I look forward to seeing the positive benefits of this program, especially throughout the North Country.”

“It’s critical that all Granite State students receive a quality education,” said Representative Pappas. “These federal funds will support students, parents, teachers, and our entire education community to create new, innovative opportunities for future generations. I remain committed to doing all that I can to support educational programs like this one so everyone in New Hampshire has the opportunity to get ahead.”

“The New Hampshire Statewide Family Engagement Center is designed to produce results statewide while focusing intensively on moving outcomes in two areas of the state – the North Country and Manchester. This project will create a system of family engagement supports for parents, communities, and stakeholders by proving support to children as they grow, develop, and move through the cradle-to-career continuum,” said Stephanie Lesperance, Chief Strategy Officer at Campus Compact for New Hampshire. “Campus Compact for New Hampshire is looking forward to expanding and deepening our work in the North Country and Manchester while sharing lessons learned across the state.” 

Senators Shaheen and Hassan have been fierce advocates for students, investing in quality education to prepare them for the 21st century economy and working to ensure they don’t fall behind during the pandemic. Shaheen helps lead the Community College to Career Fund in Higher Education Act (CC2C), which would support innovative partnerships between technical colleges, community colleges and businesses that train students for careers in high-demand fields. The bill would also help businesses fill vacant, good paying positions with qualified candidates. Through her leadership on the Senate Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies Appropriations Subcommittee, Shaheen secured inclusion of language based on her bipartisan Supporting STEM Learning Opportunities Act in the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022, which would invest in experiential learning opportunities to strengthen the pipeline of students entering the STEM workforce, especially from traditionally underrepresented groups like women and communities of color.

In addition, Hassan and Shaheen joined colleagues in reintroducing the Jumpstart Our Businesses By Supporting Students (JOBS) Act, bipartisan legislation that would help expand access to more job training programs for students and workers who need additional training, or a leg up in their career, by making high-quality, shorter-term education and training programs eligible for federal Pell Grants. Senator Hassan has successfully worked to increase funding for Parent Information Centers to support families with children with disabilities. Following calls from Senator Hassan, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) also announced that it is expanding Head Start Program eligibility to help more families in New Hampshire and across the country access affordable, high-quality early education services.