'Republican Head Start Bill Undermines the Aspirations of Hard Working
D.C. -- House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released the following
statement on the Republican Head Start bill passed by the House
of Representatives late tonight by a vote of 217 to 216:
"Investing in our children is the best investment we can make.
And Head Start is an extraordinarily effective investment.
Start is about more than education. It is about the aspiration of
America's children, especially children of working families. There
is no doubt that Head Start works -- it involves parents to ensure
children get the education, the nutrition, and the medical treatment
Head Start has been helping children arrive at school ready to learn.
Head Start children do better in vocabulary, early writing, letter
recognition and social behavior. They are less likely to need special
education services, or repeat a grade, and are more likely to graduate
from high school and go on to college.
sad that the majority put forth a partisan bill that dismantles
Head Start by eliminating the quality standards that are the foundation
of its success. The Republican bill will not strengthen academic
standards; instead the bill removes minimum standards on curriculum
content, class size, and child-staff ratios. The Republican bill
eliminates the comprehensive health, nutritional and social services
available to both parents and children through Head Start.
line is that the Republican bill undermines opportunity. It undermines
the aspirations of hard working parents who want the best for their
children. Parents who dream of their children making the honor roll
and going to college.
Start is about all Americans having an opportunity to fulfill their
dreams. Head Start is about giving every child an opportunity to