ROSKAM SUPPORTS PASSAGE OF HEAD START PROGRAM
Congress Moves Closer to Reauthorizing Education Program for At-Risk Students
Washington, Nov 14 - Congressman Peter J. Roskam (R-IL) today issued the following statement after the House agreed to the Conference Report for H.R. 1429, the Head Start for School Readiness Act:
"I am pleased the House moved in a bipartisan manner toward reauthorizing this important education support program. Head Start has proven to be a successful program, and the work accomplished is crucial to fostering an environment that will promote learning for the neediest children.
"Helping these children at the earliest stages enables them to grasp greater opportunities in the future. Providing basic health care services and encouraging parental involvement is crucial to setting a solid foundation our children will be able to successfully build upon as they grow."
Head Start is a federally funded program that provides comprehensive early child development services to America's neediest and most at-risk children and their families. Head Start has served more than 24 million children since it began in 1965, and the program served almost 40,000 children in Illinois alone last year. Head Start children consistently show higher achievement in test scores, in high-school graduation rates, and in a greater likelihood of attending college. Head Start programs promote school readiness by enhancing the social and cognitive development of children through educational, health, nutritional, social and other services. Significant emphasis is placed on the involvement of parents in the administration of local Head Start programs.