|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ||Media Contact:||Sally Aman|
|February 13, 2012||202-262-8003|
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WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Obama submitted to Congress a FY 2013 federal budget proposal that includes $8 billion to fund Head Start and Early Head Start.
The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association:
“The President’s FY 2013 budget provides just over $8 billion in funding for Head Start and Early Head Start, offering our most vulnerable children a window of opportunity to set a course for lifelong success. As many families continue to struggle with poverty, we are pleased that the President understands the critical importance of maintaining current services for our most at-risk children and families. However, we are disappointed that there is not more of an investment in the quality improvements for which funding is so desperately needed across all Head Start and Early Head Start programs, old and new. Congress has a formidable task ahead in finding consensus on FY2013 spending. We are confident our elected officials will keep the window of opportunity open for the nearly one million children Head Start and Early Head Start serve each year by supporting this wise investment, and we hope they will consider the promising impact of additional funding for the quality improvements that will enable Head Start and Early Head Start to better address the intense needs of our most vulnerable children and families. By demonstrating a strong commitment to Head Start and Early Head Start, Congress can alter the life course of at-risk children and families and be a critical part of placing them on a proven pathway to success.”
Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association (www.nhsa.org) was the first Executive Director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies (NACCRRA), has held leadership positions in local, state and national early childhood education organizations and is serving on a number of governing Boards of national and local organizations.
Additional information about the National Head Start Association can be found at www.nhsa.org.