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Home Local Maryland Government Announcement Originally published March 10, 2011

CARDIN, MIKULSKI TO VISIT HEAD START PROGRAM; CHARGE PROPOSED CUTS TO PROGRRAM WILL HURT MARYLAND CHILDREN, FAMILIES



Republican Budget Proposals Call for Cutting More Than 2,300 Maryland
Children from Head Start


On Friday, March 11, U.S. Senators Ben Cardin and Barbara A. Mikulski (both D-MD) will visit St. Jerome’s Head Start program to highlight what significant cuts to funding for the Head Start program would mean to Maryland children and families. Republicans have called for cutting $1 billion from the Head Start program nationwide, which would reduce funding for Maryland’s Head Start program by $12.2 million. Such a budget cut would kick more than 2,300 Maryland children out of the program that prepares preschool-age children for success in school. It also would mean a loss of 512 teaching jobs. Currently, Head Start serves 12,134 Maryland children a year.

The Head Start program was created in 1965 and it provides comprehensive child development, educational, health and nutrition services to economically disadvantaged children and families with a special focus on pre-school reading and math skills. Research shows that the Head Start programs work. Low-income children who attend the program make significant gains in vocabulary, writing and letter recognition, and they have access to health care. These children arrive at school prepared to do better academically than children not enrolled in the program.


* WHO: Senators Cardin and Mikulski, Nadine Burton-Owens, Executive Director of Maryland Head Start Association, Mary Gunning, Director, St. Jerome’s Head Start program and Menita Parson, a parent who depends on the Head Start program.

* WHAT: The Senators will visit with children from the St. Jerome Head Start program. They will then hold a press conference to discuss importance of adequately funding Head Start

* WHEN: 10:15 p.m.

* WHERE: St. Jerome’s Head Start,
915 Sterrett Street,
Baltimore, MD 21230