Don't cut the Head Start program

January 18, 2013

Over the past decade, multiple studies have confirmed that spending on high-quality early childhood education is a wise investment and a successful hedge against poverty.

Children who attend Head Start, America's comprehensive early childhood education program for poor children, are better prepared to start kindergarten, less likely to be referred to special education programs and more likely to graduate from high school.

They are also less likely to be incarcerated as adults and more likely to be successful, contributing members of society.

These programs help break the poverty cycle. For every dollar we invest in early education there is a return of between $7 and $16.

For this reason, even as President Obama and Congress consider federal program cuts, sustaining and expanding funding for Head Start should be a national priority.

Alan Guttman, Pikesville

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