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HEAD START: Why cut program that works?

Letter by Lori Jean Pitman, Tacoma on March 7, 2011 at 2:21 pm | 16 Comments »
March 7, 2011 2:35 pm

Re: “Mixed reviews at home for GOP budget cuts” (TNT, 2-26).

Head Start makes a fundamental, quantifiable difference in the lives of children. Benefit cost ratios of comprehensive early learning programs ranged from $3 to $17 for every $1 invested. If we are about smart government and balanced budgets, why are we not investing in what works?

Children at risk who attend Head Start do better than those who don’t. They are less likely to need remedial education, less likely to have behavior concerns, less likely to become juvenile delinquents, less likely to be on welfare or in prison.

They are more likely to be high school and/or college graduates and to be making positive contributions to themselves, their families and society.

Head Start includes education, nutrition, health care, and parent involvement and education all of which research has proven saves money and produces successful students, strong families and contributing citizens.

Again, I ask why would we cut an investment that produces such strong dividends? Why wouldn’t we be smart and invest in what works vs making cuts to a program that will cost us in the future?

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