Here is a current press release. It is also attached below if you would like to print off and share with your local papers.
U.S. Senate Votes Down $60 Billion in Cuts -
Thousands of Children, Jobs still at Stake
Hastings, NE – With the future of more than 218,000 children – including over 5,000 in Nebraska – hanging in the balance, the U.S. Senate voted to strike down H.R. 1, a bill that would have slashed funding for Head Start programs in Nebraska and throughout the country, breaking a 45 year-old national commitment that pioneered early learning and whole-family approaches as a pathway to lifelong success.
“I applaud Senator Ben Nelson for voting against H.R. 1 and am disappointed that Senator Mike Johanns voted in favor of the bill, which, if passed, would have resulted in more than 380 Head Start staff members losing their jobs and 1,270 children and their families being dropped from critical education, health, and support service programs statewide,” said Deb Ross, Executive Director of Family Development Program, Inc. in Hastings, NE. “The impacts of these cuts would have taken a devastating toll on communities across Nebraska, resulting in more kindergarteners unprepared for school, higher special education costs and increased economic insecurity for our most vulnerable families.”
Head Start and Early Head Start programs strive to prepare future generations to rise to the challenge of keeping America at the forefront of innovation and ingenuity amongst rising global competition. If we don’t stabilize and invest in the communities that need it most, the future of our economy will remain less competitive and less innovative – which means fewer jobs for everyone.
Head Start is a common sense investment for the United States because of its proven return on investment: For every $1 invested in Head Start, our nation receives $7 back in increased earnings, employment, family stability, and decreased welfare dependency, crime costs, grade repetition, and special education. Further, access to affordable care ensures that more at-risk parents and families can stay in the workplace.
Head Start programs across the country provide critical early education, health, nutrition, child care, parent involvement, and family support services to millions of at-risk children and families.