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Statement: President Obama Announces Plan to Extend Head Start

January 22, 2015


National Head Start Association Statement

President Obama’s FY16 Budget to Expand Access to High-Quality Early Education
Will include funding to increase duration of Head Start to a full school day and year

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, President Obama visited a Kansas Head Start center and traveled to the University of Kansas to announce his FY16 budget will include a commitment to expanding and strengthening child care and early education programs, specifically increasing the duration of Head Start to a full school day and year.
The following statement should be attributed to National Head Start Association Executive Director, Yasmina Vinci.  
“Today the President reinforced his continued commitment to expanding opportunity for our nation's most vulnerable children and families by announcing his FY16 budget will include funding to increase the duration of Head Start to a full school day and year. Providing resources to ensure all Head Start children benefit from a full school day and full school year is an exciting milestone. The President is not only securing better outcomes for at-risk children, but supporting the working parents of those children who are striving to secure a brighter future for their families. As Head Start celebrates its 50th anniversary, we are pleased Head Start’s comprehensive approach to early learning is the model upon which the President has based his significant and balanced approach to expanding access to high-quality early education. In addition to a new investment in expanded Head Start duration, other momentous investments in the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships and Voluntary, Evidence-based Home Visiting, will further fortify the future of our nation’s most vulnerable communities.” 

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