There have been reports (Vox, Reuters) in the media referring to a leaked document that would change the definition of public charge to include Head Start. This potential change in the definition of “public charge” would absolutely have a devastating impact on Head Start and a chilling effect on a lot of families. Sign on to add your voice to the opposition to making Head Start a public charge.
"Discouraging immigrant parents from enrolling their U.S. citizen children in Head Start is horribly short sighted. Research shows that adults who attend Head Start as children have better long-term life outcomes: They are more likely to graduate high school, attend college and obtain some form of postsecondary education, and are better parents. These outcomes don't just benefit Head Start children themselves: They also yield significant benefits to society at large, in the form of a more productive workforce, greater tax contributions and reduced need for public assistance in the future. (Remember: we're talking about children who are U.S. citizens here.)
Other research shows that preschool programs have particularly strong benefits for dual language learner students (e.g. those who speak a language other than English at home) and appear to produce larger gains for Hispanic children. As such, discouraging Hispanic immigrants from enrolling their children in Head Start seems particularly foolish."
Mead, S. (2018). Denying Kids a Head Start Is Wrong. U.S. News & World Reports.