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Early Childhood Programs

Floor Speech

Location: Washington, DC

Mr. SIRES. Madam Speaker, I rise today to promote early childhood programs, which are an investment not only in our children, but in our country's future.

In 1990, the Child Care and Development Block Grant was created for low-income parents who are either working or in school. If the proposed cuts to Child Care and Development Block Grants are signed into law, 150,000 families nationwide will lose child care subsidies. In my home State, the annual cost for child care for an infant can be nearly $12,000 a year and the annual cost for a toddler can be as much as $9,000.

Head Start is another vital service that has provided education, health, nutritional and social services for 3- and 4-year-olds since 1965. If the cuts proposed in H.R. 1 become reality, 218,220 children nationwide will lose access to Head Start, and approximately 55,000 Head Start employees will lose their jobs; 3,719 children in New Jersey would be left without access to Head Start, and we already have 9,500 children on the waiting list.

I ask Congress to continue debate in support of the bill.

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