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Statement on House Budget Committee Report: The War on Poverty: 50 Years Later

February 2, 2015

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

“As our policymakers continue long-running debates on the efficacy of programs to move people out of poverty, it’s important to get the facts straight. To be perfectly clear, the Head Start Impact Study shows that Head Start gets at-risk children ready for kindergarten. Hundreds of additional studies over four decades have confirmed beyond doubt that Head Start participants enter kindergarten at an advantage and are better prepared for life and education than their peers. Head Start children have better health and wellness as teens and adults; higher high school and college graduation rates; and their parents are more engaged in their child’s education. As leaders in the early childhood field for almost 50 years, with a relentless insistence on quality and adherence to rigorous high standards, Head Start gets results for our neediest children.”

Additional information about the National Head Start Association can be found at

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