Letter: Head Start Deserves Funding

In September, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers voted for a 30% cut to Head Start. As an advocate for Save the Children Action Network, I am disappointed she tried to cut a crucial program that supports parents trying to work and overcome poverty for themselves and the next generation.

Head Start benefits our entire society. Studies have shown that for every $1 spent on Head Start, the return to taxpayers is around $7 because children who are more ready for kindergarten are more likely to graduate high school, finish college, be employed, and make higher incomes. They are also less likely to end up in the criminal justice system. Families that might otherwise remain dependent on the government to meet their basic needs are able to support themselves because of Head Start and its wraparound services.