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Private Donors Allowed For Head Start, Not Parks

From the Washington Post:

Private donors offer $10 million to reopen Head Start programs in six states

By Niraj Chokshi | October 7, 2013

Early childhood programs in six states, serving more than 7,000 children, will reopen their doors thanks to a private donation.

Seven Head Start programs were closed last week after the federal government shutdown Oct. 1. Those closings left 7,195 low-income children without access to the program, according to the nonprofit National Head Start Association.

But philanthropists Laura and John Arnold offered up to $10 million in emergency funding to reopen those programs — some as soon as Tuesday morning — and to prevent others from closing. The money will be paid back without interest if the Head Start programs receive funding for a full year once the government reopens. The closed programs are in Alabama, Connecticut, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina and Mississippi…

How come private donations are allowed to keep this free babysitting service Head Start going, but private donations are not allowed to keep the national parks and monuments open? — Which has always been allowed in previous shut downs.

For instance, Bill Clinton lets a private donations keep the Pearl Harbor memorial open during the 1995 and 1996 shutdowns.

Head Start was reeling from the cuts implemented under sequestration, which represented the program’s largest funding hit since it started in 1965, according to the NHSA.

In fact, it was "reeling" so much nobody has even noticed. Most of the earlier media reports on how the shutdown would hurt Head Start failed to mention the sequester.

“The Arnolds’ most generous act epitomizes what it means to be an angel investor,” NHSA Executive Director Yasmina Vinci said in a statement. “They have selflessly stepped up for Head Start children to ensure their path toward kindergarten readiness is not interrupted by the inability of government to get the nation’s fiscal house in order.”

And by "path toward kindergarten readiness" they mean free baby sitting service paid for by the US taxpayer.

But, Vinci added, such a model is unsustainable, and lawmakers should work to quickly reopen the government.

Yes, we can’t have these toddler wandering around on the streets.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, October 8th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Private Donors Allowed For Head Start, Not Parks”

  1. Noyzmakr says:

    “And by “path toward kindergarten readiness” they mean free baby sitting service …….”

    ….and indoctrination into all things progressive center paid for by the taxpayers.

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