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Committee Requests Public Feedback to Reform Head Start Program

The House Education and the Workforce Committee today released a white paper outlining goals to reform the Head Start Act and requesting public feedback on ways to strengthen the law. The paper is the latest effort by the committee to improve federal early learning and child care programs for the nation’s most vulnerable families.

“Our country has long invested in early learning and child care programs,” said Education and the Workforce Committee Chairman John Kline (R-MN). “Congress has a responsibility to ensure this investment is meeting the needs of the vulnerable families we aim to serve, while balancing the interests of taxpayers. That is precisely what Congress did when it reauthorized with bipartisan support the Child Care and Development Block Grant program. It is my hope we can build on this progress by reforming the Head Start program, and the feedback from concerned citizens and stakeholders will help us move forward in that important effort.”

The white paper released today discusses a number of goals for strengthening the Head Start program, including reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens, strengthening coordination between Head Start and programs at the state and local levels, and improving the quality of eligible providers. The public and stakeholders should provide feedback by June 1.

To read the white paper, click here.

To submit comments to the committee, email


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