Congressman Charles Rangel issued the following statement in celebration of National Head Start Awareness Month, which recognizes the impact and continued success of the Head Start program during the month of October. For more than 46 years, Head Start served over 28 million children and their families by promoting school readiness through providing educational, health, nutritional, social and other services.
"Ensuring access to quality education has been my lifelong passion. I join the nation in celebrating the rich history and immense impact that Head Start has on young children, families, and communities. Head Start helps prepare our most vulnerable children for kindergarten. At the center of this, The Parent, Family, and Community Engagement Framework initiative, focuses on building relationships with families that support well-being, supporting strong relationships between parents and their children, and nurturing ongoing learning and development for both parents and children.
I'm proud to represent a congressional district with many Early Childhood educational and social programs: The Children's Aid Society has provided invaluable services to my constituents and their families since 1965. The East Harlem Council for Human Services has a bilingual Head Start program that currently serves 340 children at two sites. Addie Mae Collins Community Service is a nonprofit program that provides Head Start services to young children by engaging parents/caregivers and community members to ensure the effectiveness of the program. These organizations and others providing children and family social services are vital pillars in our community.
My Democratic Colleagues and President Obama are committed to supporting Head Start in providing quality programs and the continuation of those benefits. The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has helped an additional 61,000 children. The Office of Head Start launched a reform agenda that is aggressive and innovative and ready to meet the challenges our little ones and their families are facing today. I will work tirelessly to ensure that all children and families are ready and equipped to be successful throughout their education."