Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi

Representing the 12th District of California

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Pelosi: Head Start Bill Will Ensure More Children Arrive at School Ready to Learn and Ready to Succeed

Nov 14, 2007
Press Release

Pelosi: Head Start Bill Will Ensure More Children Arrive at School Ready to Learn and Ready to Succeed

Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Contact: Brendan Daly/Nadeam Elshami, 202-226-7616

Washington, D.C. â€" Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued the following statement this afternoon after the House voted 381 to 36 to pass the joint House-Senate conference report on H.R. 1429, Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act, which will reinvigorate Head Start and help more children arrive at school ready to succeed:

“A top priority of the New Direction Congress is giving our children all the tools they need to succeed. Central to that mission is making certain our federal policies on children reflect the latest scientific developments.

“With that in mind, in May, we convened the National Summit on America’s Children, bringing together experts and academics to review scientific findings on early childhood development.

“Today, we are putting those findings into action, by passing the conference report for the Improving Head Start for School Readiness Act. It builds on success of Head Start by focusing on the best science to improve this critical initiative.

“I am especially proud of the efforts in this conference report to expand access to Early Head Start so that more infants and toddlers can attend Head Start during the years their brains are growing the most quickly. Expanding access will ensure that more children arrive at school ready to learn and ready to succeed. Investments in our children, such as these, will ensure our nation is strong for generations to come.”