Letter to the Editor

Make Head Start a priority

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Dear Editor,

I'm writing on Mother's Day in honor of all mothers to encourage everyone to insist that Congress make child care and Head Start top priorities for increased funding. Supporting the development of child care and Head Start programs benefits not only children, but parents and the community as well.

Today, nearly two-thirds of mothers with young children are in the labor force. These working mothers help to keep their families afloat. Child care can give mothers the support and peace of mind they need to excel at their jobs -- plus, child care is extremely important to our nation's future because children who are enrolled in high-quality child care are more prepared for kindergarten. Further, even though studies have shown that Head Start and Early Head Start are essential for children's development, millions of eligible children still do not have access to these important programs.

For these reasons and more, it is vital that Congress make child care and Head Start national funding priorities. I encourage everyone to contact our representatives and let them know that this is important. Do it for moms everywhere, and do it for America's future.


Julie Tietz