Statement from NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci on House Education and Labor Committee’s COVID-19 Relief Proposal

February 8, 2021

FY21 budget reconciliation bill recognizes Head Start’s critical need for COVID-19 relief

WASHINGTON, DC – The National Head Start Association (NHSA) today expressed gratitude to the House Committee on Education and Labor for responding to Head Start’s needs by including $1 billion for the program in their FY21 budget reconciliation bill, released today. When passed and signed into law as part of President Biden’s American Rescue Plan, this additional funding would support Head Start programs’ efforts to deliver safe, high-quality services to children and families during the pandemic.

NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci said, “On behalf of the nearly one million Head Start children and families and 270,000 staff, we thank Head Start’s allies in Congress for making our nation’s most vulnerable a priority in this critical moment. Even in the chaos of the pandemic, this immense support has been building thanks to vocal congressional champions on both sides of the aisle. Beneath the partisanship and public rancor is a sincere, serious commitment to Head Start that’s attributable to proven programs, measurable results, and changed lives.”

The National Head Start Association is a not-for-profit organization committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 270,000 staff, and 1,600 Head Start grantees in the United States. Visit and follow @NatlHeadStart for more information.

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MEDIA CONTACT: Tommy Sheridan