Our U.S. House of Representatives passed and sent to the Senate recently the 2011 budget bill that would make devastating cuts to essential programs that provide healthy starts for babies and young children, readiness for school for low-income children and affordable health care for low-income families.
On this indiscriminate chopping block are: Head Start/Early Head Start, child care funding (supporting working parents), community health centers, National Health Service Corps (providing health care to rural, underserved areas), and essential public health programs including WIC, Maternal/Child Health services, teen pregnancy prevention and family planning programs.
The potential impact on Head Start nationwide: 218,000 Head Start children dropped; 55,000 jobs lost; 16,000 classrooms closed. These cuts are terribly shortsighted.
I once taught Head Start families, and I know our nation doesn’t remain strong and healthy by depriving its children of basic health care and education. They are our future.
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