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NHSA Statement on FY 2018 President’s Budget

May 23, 2017

WASHINGTON, DCEarlier 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:


“Earlier today, President Donald Trump released his administration’s budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2018, which included a cut of $85 million for Head Start and Early Head Start.  Unfortunately, this reduction eliminates notable progress Congress made in FY 2017 in supporting Head Start educators, pediatric nurses, learning specialists, and child care workers dedicated to meeting the needs of our nation’s most vulnerable children. Going into this fiscal cycle, Head Start already faces tremendous budget pressures in implementing new performance standards, keeping and attracting top-notch staff, and redoubling our commitment to locally designed, data-driven programs. Through these challenges, however, we remain grateful for the strong bipartisan Congressional support for Head Start and will continue working with our many champions on Capitol Hill to ensure that our national commitment to the success of all children and families, regardless of their circumstances, does not diminish.”  


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