Support Continued Funding for Low-Income Health and Education Programs

Head Start

Target: United States Congress

Goal: Protect the Head Start program from being discontinued due to educational budget cuts

A recent budget proposal suggests cuts to funding in U.S. low-income educational support systems.  Programs like Head Start would likely be one of the first expenses to be cut.

Head Start is an important resource for low-income families that provides both educational and health services. It is a national program that helps children prepare to enroll in school, honing their academic and social skills while providing nutritional counseling, health services, and other resources to families who are enrolled in the program.

Head Start also helps parents, encouraging them to become more self-sufficient and involved in their child’s education, and providing them the opportunity to obtain a GED or a child development associate certificate through their involvement with the program.

Research has shown that children who participate in Head Start are more likely to graduate from high school than those who do not. However, for one child to participate in a comparable for-profit program would cost parents over $7,000 a year according to the Head Start website. Not all parents have the knowledge and resources available to provide such preparation for their children without free programs like Head Start.

All children deserve the opportunity to learn and succeed, making Head Start a crucial component of our society. Head Start educates future citizens so that they can contribute to society later on, proving that the program is an excellent government investment. Urge Congress to protect Head Start from being cut due to the recent budget proposal.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Congress,

A recent budget proposal has suggested significant educational cuts that would potentially end the Head Start program. This program has been crucial to ensuring that all children are prepared for school, educating them, and their parents, and providing important health and educational resources to low-income families. Without these programs, many children will be left behind in school, entering kindergarten unprepared, which would likely result in more students dropping out of school, and/or significantly falling behind in school later on in their development. By educating children, the government is ensuring that its future citizens will be successful and will contribute to society, making Head Start, and all educational funding, an important investment.

Research has shown that children who complete the Head Start program are three times more likely to graduate from high school than their peers who do not participate in the program. This shows that Head Start is an effective educational program for low-income families who cannot otherwise afford preschool programs. Please invest in American children by ensuring that the Head Start program continues to receive funding.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

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