Republican proposed Head Start budget cut

Apparently House Republicans have proposed a $2 billion budget cut for Head Start. You can read the New York Times article in today’s paper here.

From Head Start’s website, “It provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.” They have served over 25 million low-income children. Their pre-school program gives low-income children early school readiness tools that they are less likely to receive at home, as well as working to meet their basic needs in a host of other ways. And it allows their parents to work or attend school.

Low-income children are much more likely to drop out of school and have fewer literacy opportunities at home than higher income families. And since their parents need to work long hours just to survive, their young children are much more likely to be left unattended or to be supervised by inappropriate adults–this is where much abuse occurs.

Que Triste!


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One Response to Republican proposed Head Start budget cut

  1. It’s no coincidence that this attack on the smallest and weakest members of our society comes at the same time as the President’s panel on bullying.

    Your point that these children, once deprived of healthy, supervised educational experiences, will be cared for by inappropriate adults is one that needs a lot more attention.

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