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Statement on the Passage of the Growth Rate Fix

March 31, 2014

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congress has passed, and the President is expected to sign, a measure to prevent cuts in payments to doctors through the Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR). This measure includes a short-term extension for Maternal Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV). The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association: 

“We applaud Congress for including an extension of the MIECHV program in today’s SGR legislation. MIECHV-funded Early Head Start home visiting programs are making a difference for many vulnerable young parents and are particularly powerful because outreach begins at the earliest possible phase of child development – from fetal development to age three. Decades of research show that these family support programs work and have transformative long-term impacts by setting at-risk families on the pathway to success and self-sufficiency. While we view this as a good first step, we recognize this is only a short-term extension and we look forward to working with the home visiting community, Congress, and the Administration on a long-term solution.”

Additional information about the National Head Start Association can be found at www.nhsa.org.

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