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.
The Indiana Institute for Working Families is making early childhood education a strong focus for the upcoming year. This blog features the stance that Head Start need to be a large piece of the responsible expansion of pre-K opportunities to Indiana children.