Local Head Start agencies nationwide will continue to be fully-funded to the tune of $7.57 billion until this fall after President Obama signed legislation that ended the current budget debates in the House and Senate — for now.
The U.S. Senate rejected a bill previously passed by the House last month that would cut federal Head Start funding by a total of 25 percent and risk ending services for pre-school aged children from low-income families, according to the National Head Start Association.
As a sports fan, it goes without saying that this past Sunday night's NFL match up between the New York Giants and Philadelphia Eagles had my attention. But what resonated with me was not the final score but, following the broadcast, a repeat of a Dateline NBC Sunday episode from this summer that focused on the plight of migrant child farm workers in this country.
A year ago with the passing of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, things were looking up for Head Start and Early Head Start agencies amid an infusion of funding. But, as the economy remains sluggish and amid congressional attention being turned elsewhere, a red flag is being waved.