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Head Start Leaders Have High Hopes for New President and Congress, But Budget 'Double Whammy' Expected to Force Cuts of Up to 14,000 Child Slots Nationwide
Date:6/19/2008

ws_Archived/index_news_031308.htm" target="_new">http://www.nhsa.org/press/News_Archived/index_news_031308.htm and the January 24, 2008 NHSA news release at http://www.saveheadstart.org/News/releases2.cfm?releaseID=53 on the Web. A related statement for "the Father of Head Start," Professor Edward Zigler, is available at http://www.saveheadstart.org/News/releases2.cfm?releaseID=54.

WHAT HEAD START NEEDS NOW

NHSA and local Head Start leaders say that Head Start needs a clear commitment from Washington to fully restored funding, including action by the next President and Congress as follows:

-- Take steps to restore funding to make up for the recent cuts to Head

Start programs, maintain the Head Start program's quality

(including all the new mandates) and expand enrollment by increasing

Head Start funding by $832 million in Fiscal Year 2009.

-- Further augment Head Start funding annually by $360 million above the

prior year's funding for Fiscal Years 2010 through 2013.

Ample evidence shows that Head Start is a government program that delivers real results for America, which receives nearly $9 in benefits for every $1 dollar invested in Head Start children, according to the preliminary results of a 2004 longitudinal study of more than 600 Head Start graduates in San Bernardino County, California. These projected benefits include increased earnings, employment, and family stability, and decreased welfare dependency, crime costs, grade repetition, and special education. In addition, Head Start has been shown to benefit participating children and society at large by reducing crime and its costs to crime victims.

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