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Tell President Obama Your Head Start Story

People are telling President Obama that Head Start does not work - here's your opportunity to tell him how it does work!

President Obama has been a steadfast supporter of Head Start and Early Head Start. However, pressure to resolve our nation’s economic problems is growing, and the President and members of his administration will be forced to make difficult decisions about how to spend federal dollars. 

Many are against federal spending on programs for our most vulnerable children and their families. There have been calls for ending Head Start, arguing that its positive effects fade away after a few months. 

Research tells us the benefits of Head Start last, but just as important, our experience tells us Head Start works. There are nearly 28 million Head Start success stories to confirm this. If you have a Head Start story about you or your child or someone in your community who went to Head Start and has had success in school and in life, here's an opportunity to tell that story directly to the Obama Administration. 

Your story will be emailed to the President. NHSA will gather all the stories and make sure other members of the Administration receive them. We need everyone’s support to ensure that Head Start remains a window of opportunity for our at-risk children and their families.

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Dec 16th, 2013
Lucy O. from Kingston, PA signed.
Nov 28th, 2013
Jackie M. from La Moille, IL signed.
Nov 21st, 2013
Rose L. from East Calais, VT writes:
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I attended Head Start in the 1960s. I know that doing so gave me a vital "head start" over my siblings who did not attend Head Start because I was significantly more successful in elementary school than they. In fact, I was skipped in first grade because I was ahead of the other kids. I can only think that this was a direct result of Head Start. I am also the only one (of five) who attended college. Programs like Head Start are vital for children growing up in dire poverty as I did. We who were born very poor were rarely stimulated to read and were therefore apt to be less prepared for classroom learning than our more privileged peers. Very poor children are also less likely to be encouraged to explore their environments in ways that more privileged children do vis a vis learning tools and activities. Head Start facilitators and educators impart reading skills early ! They also provide learning tools and activities in a stimulating environment every day.When you grow up without books, and in a a home where "stimulating " activities ( in the form of toys, learning tools, or what have you) were no where to be had, you suffer. Save for social programs like Head Start I might never have gone as far as I did in my education. I must be living proof that Head Start works, and that its good results do not "fade" shortly after exposure to the program's curriculum. Let's work to preserve Head Start and to safeguard learning for especially vulnerable children !
Nov 20th, 2013
Jeff F. from Monmouth, IL signed.
Nov 20th, 2013
Jessica P. from Galesburg, IL writes:
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Head Start is one of the only federally funded programs who puts the money to good use! I am a Family Advocate for a Head Start program in Western Illinois and although I didn't know much about Head Start before I started working here I have learned a great deal. I now fully realize how important a program like Head Start is to a low income community like this. A good percentage of our families don't have transportation, weather appropriate clothing, a good understanding of child health, some of the parents are illiterate, unemployed and stressed. My job is to give these families resources to help them identify goals, and be there for them every step towards completing those goals. I help empower parents! Give them reasons to take charge of their lives! Do you think a public school would help provide transportation to their families? Keep track of children's medical needs and mental health? Provide everything a family may need to succeed in life? Some might but most don't. Head Start cares about children and families especially those who struggle the most. If Head Start preschool is done away with or changed my community will be directly impacted and children will fail. Our name really does say what we do in just two words. We give children and their families a head start, a head start in education and a head start in life. Very few federally funded programs do all that Head Start does and I believe one of the reasons some people don't realize that is because they are uneducated and have never had a child in the program. I try and am willing to do more to make sure everyone in this world knows what Head Start does and try to express the importance of the program!
Nov 19th, 2013
Jackie M. from La Moille, IL signed.
Nov 19th, 2013
Someone from Toledo, IL signed.
Nov 19th, 2013
lisa M. from Manhattan, IL signed.
Nov 19th, 2013
chasity B. from Urbana, IL writes:
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I am a primary teacher and my daughter is in head start. I am lucky to have her in the program and she learns so much academically and socially in the classroom. Head Start also offers other programs that my child would not normally get like Smile Healthy and book mentoring. I appreciate Head Start from the perspective of a parent and educator!
Nov 18th, 2013
laura c. from Monmouth, IL signed.