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

November 29, 2017

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.

“NLC’s action shows that city leaders value the flexibility Head Start’s current federal-to-local funding structure gives their communities,” NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci said. “Head Start kids and families benefit from both the local decision-making powers and the consistency of the nationwide Head Start Program Performance Standards that are built into the current system. We commend NLC for recognizing that there is no need for Congress or federal administrators to change what has worked well for decades, and we look forward to partnering with them to protect Head Start’s future.”