WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (IL-17) issued the following statement celebrating the 50th anniversary of the launch of Head Start:
“For 50 years, Head Start has helped millions of children and families get a jumpstart on a quality education and allowed our young people to develop the skills they need to excel,” said Bustos. “That’s why I’ve fought against reckless attempts to cut this needed investment in the future of our children and grandchildren. I believe wholeheartedly that every child across our country should be given the opportunity to succeed, which is why I will continue to work to ensure Head Start is strong for the next 50 years.”
Head Start is a federal program that promotes the school readiness of children ages birth to five by enhancing their cognitive, social and emotional development. Over Head Start children’s lives they are less likely to need special education services or engage in unhealthy behaviors and are more likely to achieve success in school and in life. In 2014, Head Start served just under 41,000 children across Illinois.
During her tenure in Congress, Bustos has been a strong supporter of early childhood education programs like Head Start, supporting legislation to increase the number of children able to participate in these programs and standing firm against budget plans that cut their funding. She has also toured numerous Head Start facilities in the 17th Congressional District and met with staff, parents and community stakeholders to discuss the important role these programs play in healthy childhood development.
Bustos spent a week on the road earlier this month touring the region to discuss her new report on the state of women’s economic security in our region, state and country. The report, “Women’s Economic Security: It’s a Family Thing,” shows that while women have made great strides in the workplace over the last several decades, more remains to be done, and when women succeed economically, families and communities do as well. Bustos is a strong advocate for working women and families and published an op-ed in The Hill newspaper last month on women’s economic security that can be found HERE.