Education as way out of poverty getting harder to access
The Kansas City Star
Education offers many low- and no-income families a way for their children to chisel through the hard wall of generational poverty.
President Lyndon Johnson knew that, which is why his Great Society programs included Head Start, an early childhood education program. But that also is why many presidents since Johnson have tried to eliminate its funding.
But Head Start works. Studies repeatedly have shown that it better prepares low- and no-income children and families for the children to begin school as successful learners. Statewide, funding for Early Head Start programs was cut from $5.67 million to $2.65 million.
In this area the funding will drop from $1.8 million to $865,000, The Kansas City Star reports. That will result in about 120 poor working families with about 120 infants and toddlers in the Kansas City area being jettisoned from the state-funded child care.
It is not right or fair to the families of the children for them to bear the political load of budget cutbacks.