Over the past
few months NHSA has been working with a bipartisan group of Senators to send a
letter to the Administration calling for the removal of the 10% CLASS trigger
in the Designation Renewal System. Led by Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and
Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) the final letter includes 5 Republican, 13
Democrat, and 1 Independent Senators who signed on and was sent to Secretary
Burwell earlier this month. We are pleased with this strong support and want to
thank the many Head Start leaders who reached out to their Senate offices in
support of the letter. You can find the full text of the letter here.
"Extended Duration" refers to lengthening the hours of services that Head Start offers individual children and their families, with the goal of increasing children's learning and developmental outcomes by providing more hours of high-quality learning experiences. Longer hours also support families who are working or in school to pursue self-sufficiency while resting assured that their children are in safe and nurturing early learning environments.
President Obama signed Public Law 114-113, the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2016, on December 18, 2015. This Act includes $9,168,095,000 for programs under the Head Start Act, which is an increase of approximately $570 million over the fiscal year (FY) 2015 funding level.
This year, NHSA and NAACP "have announced an
historic joint initiative aimed at empowering the country's most vulnerable
families by facilitating voter registration..." (NAACP press release,
January 19, 2016). We are proud to say
that Cornell Brooks, NAACP President, is a Head Start alumnus!
A core directive of the recent NHSA/NAACP MOU is to
organize voter registration drives at Head Start centers, providing parents
with crucial tools and information about the voting process, and to share
helpful resources about how to register and how to vote.
Please note that the deadline this year for voter
registration is October 11, 2016. The
election is November 8.
We encourage you to make contact with the local NAACP, if
there is one in your area.
We will continue to share information as we receive it.
There's a diaper disparity
in this country. Nearly one in three families struggle to afford diapers, and
low-income families can pay up to two times the price on diapers by not buying
in bulk. In some cases, parents delay diaper changes to make their limited
resources last. This can lead to serious health problems for babies and
parents. The Diaper Divide
addresses the stress and challenges that surround this health issue.