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Maryland Head Start Centers In Danger of Losing Critical Funding

Nov 20, 2009
Press Release

Washington, DC - Baltimore area Head Start Centers are in danger of losing critical funding. Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger (Democrat-MD) is outraged by the proposed changes that attempt to dismantle Head Start, a federal program with a proven track record of success. Congressman Ruppersberger toured the Herring Run Head Start facility on Tuesday, September 2, 2003, in Baltimore, Maryland, and talked to teachers, parents, and children about their concerns.

"We are here today at Herring Run Head Start in Baltimore because Head Start works! Last year, Head Start helped 912,000 children build a solid foundation so they are ready to tackle reading and math in kindergarten. Head Start makes them ready to succeed in school and in life," said Congressman Ruppersberger.

The Head Start program also provides youngsters and their families with a comprehensive list of support services - from health screenings to nutritional advice to parent counseling. Head Start helps the entire family so it can grow and succeed together, but some lawmakers on Capitol Hill want to tear apart this successful program. The U.S. House of Representatives barely passed a measure that will create a pilot program that will allow eight states, including Maryland, to divert federal funds to their own early childhood programs. This will leave federal Head Start program with little or no funding.

"This misdirected legislation could leave dozens of existing Maryland Head Start Centers with drastically less funding or no funding at all. That means hundreds of needy children all across the Baltimore area will not get the extra boost they need to succeed in school and in life. It also means that hundreds of Maryland families will see the support services they depend on disappear. This is wrong! It takes services away from the people who need them the most," said Congressman Ruppersberger.

When Congress reconvenes for its fall session on Wednesday, September 3, 2003, Congressman Ruppersberger is calling on his colleagues in the Senate to change this proposal that is sending our children down the wrong path.