The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, Executive Director of the National Head Start Association.
Washington, DC – “With the government shutdown racing toward November 1, an additional 157 Head Start programs across 42 states* and one U.S. Territory** who will begin their grant year on November 1 are facing the very real threat of being unable to keep their doors open in the absence of a new year of federal funding. These 157 programs serve 86,000 at-risk children who rely on the comprehensive early learning services provided by Head Start.
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 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.