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Statement on Emergency Head Start Funding

Philanthropists Keep Head Start Open During Government Shutdown Laura and John Arnold provide up to $10 million in emergency funding to help children and families

Statement on Federal Shutdown

WASHINGTON, DC – The following statement should be attributed jointly to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association. “Leaders on Capitol Hill, mired in an absurd and childish stand-off and unable to decide on a budget, left potentially 19,000 vulnerable children without Head Start services today when they shut down the Federal Government. In 23 programs across 11 different states, Head Start programs are now without grant money critical to the delivery of Head Start’s high-quality early education.

Head Start Parent to Congress: “Early Education Must Be Top Priority in Federal Budget”

Head Start parent calls on lawmakers to invest in early education programs delivering opportunity to most vulnerable Washington, DC – Today, Head Start parent Shavon Collier testified before the Senate Budget Committee, emphasizing the overwhelming impact that present-day budget decisions will have on the futures of at-risk children. Joined by her daughter and Head Start alumna Sakhia Whitehead, Collier described her journey as a parent with children attending the Edward C. Mazique Child Center in Washington, DC. 

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