National League of Cities Supports Federal-to-Local Funding Structure

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Head Start Association commended the National League of Cities (NLC) for passing language in their 2018 National Municipal Policy expressing strong support for preserving Head Start’s federal-to-local funding structure.

“The National League of Cities’ action shows that city leaders value the flexibility Head Start’s current federal-to-local funding structure gives their communities,” NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci said. “Head Start kids and families benefit from both the local decision-making powers and the consistency of the nationwide Head Start Program Performance Standards that are built into the current system. We commend NLC for recognizing that there is no need for Congress or federal administrators to change what has worked well for decades, and we look forward to partnering with them to protect Head Start’s future.”

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The National Head Start Association is committed to the belief that every child, regardless of circumstances at birth, has the ability to succeed in school and in life. The opportunities offered by Head Start lead to healthier, empowered children and families, and stronger, more vibrant communities. NHSA is the voice for more than 1 million children, 270,000 staff and 1,600 Head Start grant recipients in the United States. ••• Media Contact: Emily Wagner, Director of Communications, media@nhsa.org

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