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Statement on House LHHS Appropriations Bill

                    Media Contact: Sally Aman
 September 29, 2011                                 202-262-8003


National Head Start Association Statement on

House LHHS FY 2012 Appropriations Bill


WASHINGTON, D.C. Today the House Appropriations Committee released a draft of its Fiscal Year 2012 Labor, Health and Human Services & Education Appropriations bill. The draft legislation provides sufficient funding for Head Start and Early Head Start centers across the country to maintain current services and invest in quality improvements.

The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association:

"By providing additional funding for Head Start and Early Head Start in Fiscal Year 2012, the House LHHS Appropriations Subcommittee has demonstrated its strong commitment to at-risk children and families across the country.  With 46 million people living below the poverty line, including 25% of children under age six, Head Start is a lifeline to almost one million children each year.

As elected officials struggle to make difficult decisions about how best to restore our nation's economic security, I am grateful to Chairmen Rogers and Rehberg for keeping the window of opportunity open for our nation's most vulnerable children.  In the coming weeks, Congress has the formidable task of finding consensus on a final Fiscal Year 2012 Appropriations package, and the entire Head Start community stands ready to support this wise investment in the health and lifelong success of our next generation."



Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association (www.nhsa.orgwas 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.