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CÁRDENAS RECOGNIZES 50 YEARS OF HEAD START

May 18, 2015
Press Release
Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of “Head Start,” the early education system that has provided comprehensive preschool programs to more than 30 million American children and families.

CÁRDENAS RECOGNIZES 50 YEARS OF HEAD START

(San Fernando Valley, Calif.)  – Today is the 50th anniversary of the creation of “Head Start,” the early education system that has provided comprehensive preschool programs to more than 30 million American children and families.

Last year, more than 31,000 children in the Los Angeles area benefitted from Head Start, which statistically makes them more likely to finish high school and move on to college, less likely to be involved in crime and provides better overall health outcomes.

“I have worked my entire time in office to build up our children, to help them make the right decisions in life and to find new, innovative ways to keep them out of jail and on a pathway to success,” said Cárdenas. “During that time, nothing has been proven more consistently important in a child’s life than a good educational base. Head Start provides that base for millions of American children. It is one of the most important investments we can make in the future, not just for the individual families it impacts, but for our nation as a whole.

“I congratulate the millions who have gone through Head Start, and the dedicated public servants who have helped make it an incredible, successful program.”

Later this year, Cárdenas will visit Head Start facilities in the San Fernando Valley, to further recognize the contributions being made by the half-century old program.