HEAD START FUNDING CUT
HEAD START FUNDING CUT JUST TWO WEEKS AFTER BIPARTISAN REAUTHORIZATION BILL CALLING FOR INCREASED INVESTMENT IS APPROVED
Like Many Other Domestic Programs, Program Has Seen Disinvestment Over Last 6 Years
By Sharon Parrott, Center for Budget Priorities
In December, the President signed Head Start reauthorization legislation which had broad bipartisan support. The legislation called for expanding the number of low-income children served in the program and for new investments to raise the quality of the program.
Two weeks after this legislation was enacted, the omnibus appropriations bill was completed. That legislation cut Head Start funding by the equivalent of the cost of serving more than 20,000 children in Head Start this year.
The President’s 2009 budget proposes to fund Head Start at $7 billion Ã¢â‚¬ just a hair under what is needed to maintain 2008 funding levels adjusted for inflation and about 12 percent below 2002 funding levels adjusted only for inflation.
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Tell Them to Fully Fund Head Start for increased demand in 2008-09.
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Ms. Jensen is a leading advocate for families and children and was the founder and president of ACES, The Association for Children for Enforcement of Support.