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Head Start facing drastic cuts under Taft plan

February 21, 2003
Kristy Foster

The county’s Head Start program may lose 90 percent of its state funding meaning drastic cuts for the program if a proposal by Governor Bob Taft is accepted by state legislators. The plan, if accepted, will cut the number of slots available in the county for the preschool program from 207 state-funded spots to 17,…

Providers in county fear state’s actions

February 21, 2003
Melanie Turner

Gov. Davis wants to transfer the administration of more than $8 billion of various state programs to counties and raise money for the programs through tax increases.

Bill on Head Start program gets hearing

February 20, 2003
Joanne Yuan

The proposal would offer pre-kindergarten to low-income families.

Gov: W-2 shift good for babies

February 20, 2003
Matt Pommer

The change is among welfare to work (W-2) program changes proposed by Doyle in his biennial state budget.

At-risk children may lose early learning aid

February 19, 2003

About $9 million in federal funding through the Temporary Assistance to Needy Families fund could end this summer, and state education officials are looking for ways to replace the money.

Editorial: President’s plan to restructure Head Start should leave intact what works

February 19, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

President Bush’s proposal to restructure Head Start, the federal program that helps children from poor families get ready for school, has alarmed those who support and work with the program. Head Start’s advocates fear the “whole family” approach would be in jeopardy if President Bush’s reorganization is put in place.

Md. Advocates Decry Cuts In Subsidies for Child Care

February 19, 2003
Brigid Schulte

To close a $1.3 billion shortfall in the next fiscal year, Gov. Robert L. Ehrlich Jr. (R) has decided to go through with cuts proposed by his predecessor, Parris N. Glendening (D), that would slash $25 million from a $134 million program to help cover child-care costs for poor families. Families on the edge of…

Missouri’s veterans seeking to recoup education funds

February 19, 2003
Marc Powers

In what is becoming an increasingly common dilemma, lawmakers face a difficult question on which of two groups most need revenue from casino entrance fees — military veterans or preschoolers.

Editorial: Without Head Start they’ll be left behind

February 18, 2003 Governance and AccountabilityState & Local

Turning control of Head Start over to the states is not, as White House officials claim, the next logical step in the No Child Left Behind Act’s education reform. [I]t ought to be better funded and expanded, not derailed by a trip to the states.

Lack of money could jeopardize preschool classes

February 18, 2003 State & Local
Claudette Riley

A huge portion of existing funds is expected to be gone next year, and with little hope of finding new funding, Tennessee’s early childhood education program is poised to take a step backward. Tennessee, which contributes $6 million to the state’s $15 million preschool program, lags behind other states in funding to children in pre-kindergarten….