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Head Start Reacts to Passage of Short-Term Spending Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association today commended Congress for passing a two-week Continuing Resolution to avoid a shutdown of the federal government.  

Head Start Welcomes Administration’s Review of Designation Renewal System

NHSA Has Led Community in Advocating for Reforms of DRS  

Head Start Cheers Cities’ Support for Federal-to-Local Funding Structure

National League of Cities Says Current System Empowers Local Decision-Making   WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association today commended the National League of Cities for passing language in their 2018 National Municipal Policy expressing strong support for preserving Head Start’s federal-to-local funding structure.

White House Disaster Relief Request Falls Short of Meeting Head Start Needs

Nearly 100,000 Head Start Children Were Impacted by Storms WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Head Start Association today said the latest emergency supplemental appropriations request issued today by the Trump Administration does not call for sufficient funds to meet the recovery needs of Head Start programs impacted by this year’s natural disasters.

Statement on FY 2018 LHHS-ED Appropriations Funding Bill approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, the Senate Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2018 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, HHS, Education, and Related Agencies accounts. Head Start and Early Head Start were flat funded from FY 2017. The Senate Committee's action follows July's House Appropriations Committee bill that provided an increase of $22 million for Head Start and Early Head Start in FY 2018. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association:

Statement on the National Association of Counties’ Head Start Resolution

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, the National Association of Counties voted in favor of the Head Start Resolution, their proposed resolution to maintain Head Start’s federal-to-local funding structure. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association: 

Statement on FY 2018 Funding Bill approved by the House Appropriations Committee

WASHINGTON, DC – Yesterday, the House Appropriations Committee approved a FY 2018 funding bill for the Labor, HHS, Education and Related Agencies accounts. Head Start and Early Head Start were given $9,275,000,000 in the bill, which represents an increase of $22 million for workforce investments through a cost of living adjustment. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association: 

NHSA Statement on “Opportunities for State Leadership of Early Childhood Programs” Hearing at the United States House of Representatives

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, the United States House of Representatives Education and the Workforce Subcommittee on Early Childhood, Elementary, and Secondary Education held a hearing titled “Opportunities for State Leadership of Early Childhood Programs.” The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association:

NHSA Statement on FY 2018 President’s Budget

WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, the Trump Administration released the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal including $9.168 billion for Head Start – a reduction of $85 million. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association:  

Statement on FY 2017 Bill

WASHINGTON, DC – In response to Congress’ passage of the FY 2017 bill, the following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association: 

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