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The Sequester's Real: Head Start

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Yvette Sanchez Fuentes, director of the Office of Head Start, explains how sequestration cuts are affecting the program and the children enrolled in it.

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Comments [19]

Karin from NY

In response to so many of these comments from some who have no idea what Head start is about.

Brining it into the home, They do. It is a comprehensive program that involves PARENTS as their first teacher and teaches EMPOWERMENT so parents can be involved in their children's education and not feel intimidated as districts when children reach school age they are shut out of

Teachers making six figure salaries??? Head start teachers on average make between 25-30 thousand a year AND HAVE taken wage cuts AND furloughs due to the sequester.

Does Head Start work?? I have first handly seen families and children raise above poverty and break the cycle because of the program so yes it does, and yes there is data to support.

Educate yourselves on the program before making statements.

May. 10 2013 06:06 PM
Kim from LI

"THis is shuch bunk. It;s like the local school districts who extort large tax increases year in or year out or threaten the education of children. How about everyone take a temporary 5% pay reduction and the kids don't suffer... No can't have that. The tax payers can still be fleeced for some more. Look at LI as an example, with teachers making 6 figure salaries and superintendends over 300-400K while the aberage houshold is making 50k. It's a shame the children are held as pawns constantly."

Just in response to this statement....head start teachers make NO WHERE near a 6 figure salary, even on Long Island.

May. 10 2013 04:42 PM

@Jim

"Number of Head Start Families
-------------------------------------------------
Number of Head Start Families Who Vote Democratic

100%

Number of Head Start Families Who Will Change Voting Behavior Due To Cuts: 0"

Care to bet on the accuracy of that one, Jim? How about ten thousand bucks?

May. 09 2013 08:12 PM
jf from reality

The federal reserve should let headstart counterfeit money like they do for the banks.

May. 09 2013 07:56 PM
Edward from Washington Heights AKA pretentious Hudson Heights

Does Head Start work? What do tests of childrens show? Have children who have been in the HS program tested equal or better than those who have not been in HS?

Head Start needs to involve the childs home environment too.

May. 09 2013 11:52 AM

Forget about Harvard, send that Spring Valley student straight to Congress. Our country needs her!

May. 09 2013 11:25 AM
Eva from Manhattan

I missed my chance to call in while the segment was on, but I would really like to talk about how city/state/federally funded childcare programs like Head Start help so many families beyond what most people would consider disadvantaged. There are many many families like ours in New York-- who are "middle class", who are educated, but who work in the arts and do not make huge salaries. Private daycare/preschool is $2,500-$3,500 per month per child in this city. Families like ours go to city-funded centers where we are considered "privates" and we pay a lot more than the underprivileged families but nothing near as high as we would if we went to private centers. This is the only way our family could survive those years when our kids were young. My husband and I have graduate degrees in art/design and both have good jobs, live in a small apartment in central Harlem, have tons of school loans to pay back and these centers are our lifeline. We need to talk about how these programs are vital for people like us, educated middle class folks who are trying to make it in this city.

May. 09 2013 11:01 AM
Jim

@RUCB_Alum

Number of Head Start Families
-------------------------------------------------
Number of Head Start Families Who Vote Democratic

100%

Number of Head Start Families Who Will Change Voting Behavior Due To Cuts: 0

May. 09 2013 10:58 AM

@Rachelle from Hempstead

Allow me to suggest that you are focusing on the wrong thing...The result rather than the cause.

Since Kennedy, average incomes have tracked pretty closely to inflation (aka CPI), however, the national INCOME (GDP) has grown two points per year faster than that. Average income has gone up 6 or 7 times while national income has gone up 25 times it's 1963 value.

We have let the Rich get Richer, literally.

May. 09 2013 10:54 AM
chip

With all due respect, the head start budget is actually going up by $200 million this year under the sequester, but not as much as it was projected to go up ($600 million). First of all, this is not a cut. Second of all, there would be no reason for any head start program to lose any employees if the employees agreed to a wage freeze, or a very small pay increase, like the rest of Americans have gotten over the last few years. It is the height of mismangement to say you can't make ends meet with only a small budget increase. Its time that federal worker start to experience what the rest of us have been experiencing for five years!

May. 09 2013 10:42 AM
Rachelle from Hempstead

THis is shuch bunk. It;s like the local school districts who extort large tax increases year in or year out or threaten the education of children. How about everyone take a temporary 5% pay reduction and the kids don't suffer... No can't have that. The tax payers can still be fleeced for some more. Look at LI as an example, with teachers making 6 figure salaries and superintendends over 300-400K while the aberage houshold is making 50k. It's a shame the children are held as pawns constantly.

May. 09 2013 10:41 AM

"Is there a fund that people can contribute to to keep Head Start operating while the politics play out?"

Yes, it's called "Federal Taxes." Which is why we all need to commit to calling a few officials TODAY.

Especially folks who wish to keep church and state separate, since this is the perfect moment for proselytizers to step in and "help."

May. 09 2013 10:40 AM
David from Fairfield CT

Kid don't vote, nor do they have lobbists. They will always come out on the short end of the stick. Unless their parents are rich!

May. 09 2013 10:38 AM
hmi from Park Slope

This discussion should not be taking place without at the same time noting the questionable, clearly limited, benefit of the very expensive Head Start program.

May. 09 2013 10:36 AM
RJ from prospect hts

Big diff between Congress/prez having a direct influence on government agency like FAA providing service and DHHS having to work with tiny providers around the country providing services.

May. 09 2013 10:35 AM
The Truth from Becky

No question, when it comes to education there should be NO skimping...we have to have better educated adults and headstart is the best place TO start at any cost!

May. 09 2013 10:33 AM

The Chances that Congress will act to stem HeadStart cuts is easy:

Number of Congressmen with kids in HeadStart
--------------------------------------------
Number of Kids of Congressmen

I think that ratio is pretty close to zero.

Cf..

Number of Congressmen that had a flight to catch
------------------------------------------------
Number of Congressmen

I would bet this number is pretty close to one. Apparently, the Congress has been listening to this station and are trying to 'keep it personal'.

Ugh!

May. 09 2013 10:32 AM
Rich Wiety from Texas

It's so hard to get into a school like Hardward today, why should we give these poor kids a head start?

My parents spent 50 K a year to supplement my education, I dont need any more competition.

thank you

May. 09 2013 10:29 AM
Nancy from NYC

Sequestration. Poor people, children, elderly, disabled - are suffering! Even more than usual. Meanwhile our tax code gives preferential low low tax rates to Wall St investment income. The Republicans love it. Everyone else, call Washington!

May. 09 2013 10:28 AM

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