Why does Head Start matter in Utah?

May 24th, 2019|Issue Update|0 Comments

Established in 1965, Head Start promotes school readiness for children in low-income families by offering educational, nutritional, health, social, and other services. Since its inception, Head Start has served more than 36 million children, birth to age 5, and their families, offering an educational and developmental bright start and a pathway to economic stability. After 54 years, Head Start is still one of our country’s most successful early learning programs.

83% of parents with children under the age of five struggle to access affordable, high-quality early learning programs, either because they live in “childcare deserts” where there aren’t enough childcare options or because early care can cost more than public college tuition in a majority of states. Without consistent childcare, families  struggle to get to work, achieve housing stability, break the cycle of poverty and receive continued education. That’s why early learning programs help build a strong foundation for kids and families to thrive.

More than 400,000 Head Start children enter kindergarten every year. In 2018, Head Start was funded to serve nearly 1 million children and pregnant women in centers, family homes, and in family child care homes in urban, suburban, and rural communities throughout the nation.

Utah receives over $61 million in federal funding annually to provide early education to thousands of our children and family members to set them up for a strong future.

A 2018 poll found that 80% of voters (both Republicans and Democrats) agree that our elected leaders should provider greater funding so more families can access Head Start and Early Head Start (First Five Years Fund).

If you care about early learning, contact your your members of Congress and ask for a greater investment in Head Start to create a brighter future for children and families and boost the economy in the process.

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