National Head Start Association


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Statement on President Obama's 2013 State of the Union Address

    Media Contact: Sally Aman
February 12, 2103




WASHINGTON, DC – This evening, President Barack Obama delivered the 2013 State of the Union Address. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association:

“Those of us who have dedicated our lives to providing early learning services to at-risk children agree wholeheartedly with the President’s view that all children can benefit from access to early education. For nearly fifty years, Head Start/Early Head Start has served as a proven model for delivering quality early education. The comprehensive Head Start model – combining essential social/emotional development with critical early learning skills and engaging families and communities in their children’s education – gets results. As the plan for expanding access to early education develops, it is essential we get it right, especially in times of tight budgets. It would be a disservice to all children if we assume that interventions for young children are one-size fits all. With greater investment in the right interventions, we can prepare all children to succeed in school and life."

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