Comments for: Early education cuts in state budget will force closures of some Head Start programs, say advocates

Posted May 12, 2012, at 2:46 p.m.
Last modified May 13, 2012, at 5:44 p.m.

AUGUSTA | Proposed cuts the Legislature will consider next week to funding for Head Start and day care voucher programs are prompting educators to sound the alarm that the cuts will affect not only the children and families involved, but Maine’s economy as a whole. A supplemental budget bill …

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  • Guest

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    •  You need to get some real information before deciding that the cuts to state funding are such a bad idea.

      • Guest

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        • so true, money should be invested in the future, where it will be needed most, people should start thinking about tomorrow’s generations instead of themselves. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zy23pvkobU

          • Anonymous

            We often hear that American children are falling behind those in other countries.  So, let’s find out what the more successful countries are doing.

            I’m thinking they’re not cutting these kinds of programs in order to provide tax cuts for those able to pay.

        • Anonymous

          As one of the original implementers of Project Headstart in 1965, I find the original concept to have become so bloated that most of the money goes into overhead; and far to little to the teachers who are the direct service providers.

          Cutting the budget, won’t reform the program and refocus it back on the children; but it should stimulate discussion on how to restore the original concept that made a well paid teacher the heart of the program, not a bevy of highly paid consultants and ‘staff’. 

          I would prefer to see regulatory-free, chartered pre-schools financed by parent directed vouchers as an experiment in restoring the original concept using certified Headstart compliant pre-schools for only 3-5’s.

          Burn it down; and rebuild it better than before!

          • Anonymous

            Originally the program was home-start, the idea was to encourage parents within their own homes prepare their children for school.  Then the social engineers got hold of it, wanted the kids out of their homes.  Head start  encouraged the lazy fat #$$ welfare mother to stay dependent on the state to help them with everything regarding the raising of their children.

          • Anonymous

            I was one of the first staff hired, and worked daily with the people who developed the program. No-one ever referred to it as ‘home-start’. Few parents have their own home; let alone a child’s room with enough space for a learning center. Many of the parents were working parents receiving welfare subsidies, one of my responsibilities was trying to set up head start centers in the home, i.e. take home libraries, ed. toys etc. Very difficult to do given the living circumstances of poor families.

            If you have a verifiable reference, I’d like to see it.

          • Anonymous

            You were hired after the program Head start was begun.  When the concept to help low income people prepare their children for school success was first being discuss the original idea  was to go into the home.  Of course I don’t have “verifiable references” because the idea never saw the light of day.

        • Anonymous

          Here  is one study of many  contrary to yours   http://www.jstor.org/discover/10.2307/1164270?uid=3739712&uid=2&uid=4&uid=3739256&sid=56168879343

      • Anonymous

        We have the real information, you don’t.

        • Anonymous

          Head Start is one of the most valuable programs out there. Cutting health and education  services to our youngest people, who of course are voiceless in this, is an act that borders on the criminal. Gopher, you are entitled to your own opinions, but not your own facts.

      • Anonymous

        What do you suggest Naran?  Fox News?

      • fourCatssoon

         He did, he talked with his Atty Dan Billing and to this date no information on how much he is being paid to be the Governors counsel and when was he hired? Must be a transparency thing called secret:)

        • Anonymous

          Keep stalking; where’s your spy drone? 

      • Guest

        Watching someone tilting windmills has never been more entertaining.

        Loving those links you posted below. No agenda with those groups.

        Honest question: Are you fully in lockstep with the corporate-controlled policy centers, or do you have at least one opinion you formed on your own? It’s fun to join a club and promote a false political dichotomy, but it’s not exactly helping our society to move forward.

        • Cant Fix Stupid

          Great to see someone see through her smoke and mirrors

          • Anonymous

            The smoke and mirrors are made by the State Machine.

          • Guest

            She’s pretty transparent about it.

            I still wish she’s let us know how she’s compensated – directly or indirectly – for her tens of thousands of posts supporting the particular brand of corporate ideology she so fervently advocates for.

        • Anonymous

           Naran is a professional propagandist spreading hatred of Mainers against their own.  The thesis is always the same: liberal democrats created the mess, if you are suffering it’s your own fault and nobody deserves help, ever. 

          In fact, the messaging is precisely the same as that employed by the Governor and anti-worker groups like ALEC and Americans for Prosperity.  The end game is obvious: wage slavery for the masses, debt servitude and forced sexual purity.  While this all sounds shockingly fascist in its intent, it is being sold as “freedom”.

      • Cant Fix Stupid

        You need to get some real information in general

        • Anonymous

          How about Liberals put down the kool-aid stop with the Liberal Talking Points and get out into the real world.  Have them see why Mainers who aren’t Democrats why they  have been complaining for nearly 40 years to see why we are fed up with them.   The Majority of Mainers who aren’t Dems want these programs eliminated, we want massive spending cuts,  want the private sector to grow.  But of Course Liberals are so clueless they think things are so rosy that we should just continue the path to total failure.   I think you find Democrats have alot more work to do. Because when they upset the Green Party who they have worked together on alot of issues when they are going against them you know Liberals have a problem.

          • Anonymous

            How can the “private sector grow” if people are uneducated, and cannot get educated because they have to take care of their kids.

          • Anonymous

            I’m wondering just where darkcat got their education. 

          • Anonymous

             What education?

          • Anonymous

             I think you should drink a little more “kool-aid” and a little less tea.

          • Anonymous

            I think I will drink Pepsi , Coca-Cola and Dunkin Donuts Coffee instead. Liberals like yourself can keep drinking the kool-aid and take the stupid pills that Emily Cain, Cynthia Dill, Peggy Rotundo, John Martin, Justin Alfond and other Liberals in Augusta give their lemmings who buy into their nonsense.

          • Guest

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          • Preston Nethercutt

            Well darkcat, you have really achieved something unique. Sociopaths are usually charming, witty. and verbally adept. But you-you are boring, repetitive, and about as charming as the governor.  What a poisoned well your soul must be.  

      • Anonymous

         You need to get some real information before criticizing someone else for being uniformed.

      • Anonymous

        I suggest you do, too, Naran, get some information on how this will affect people.  Being heartless and cutthroat is not the way to be or help those in need.  I believe the gubnor got some help along the way growing up, and now he seems hellbent on thrashing those in need.  You should be thankful you are not on the chopping block, like so many others are due to this idiot’s views, stubbornness, pigheadedness, need I go on?

      • Anonymous

        It’s peculiar how you state “you need to get some real information before deciding…..”

        Yet,  you provide NONE to back up that ridiculous statement.  Are you sure that you aren’t Governor LePage?   You know,  withholding information and putting your foot in your mouth?

    • Anonymous

      It’s also a slap in the face to middle class to see their tax dollars going to low income to get a service they cannot afford for themselves.

      • There is no more middle class, your either a have or a have not.

    • Anonymous

      … And the Maine Maritime Academy will continue to receive $ 9 million+ ($9,000,000) per year ($10,000 per student) of taxpayer funds of which nearly 1/2 of the student body of 900 are from out of state who graduate and never look back.  LePage can’t afford this sports and spa facility and it’s time to privatize the MMA like Coby, Bowdoin, and Bates.

      • Anonymous

         you really need to move out of Castine, your hate of the Academy, is ruining your life.

    • Anonymous

      Why can’t these mothers or fathers take their children to their local library participate in all the various programs and afterwards borrow books and read to their children themselves?   

      • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    Keep cutting!!

    • Anonymous

      This has been, and is , one of the most successful educational programs the government ever came up with.Funding losses here will have an affect upon those children for the rest of their lives.yes cut it.Those children will only be on welfare, right!

      • First, the cuts to Maine’s funding for Head Start are not expected to “close” any of the existing programs. The majority of the funding comes from the Feds. In any case, nothing’s been decided, either way.

        You are also incorrect about the merits of Head Start, aside from large inner cities. Overall, studies have also shown that any benefit evens out by third grade.

        http://blog.heritage.org/2010/01/15/head-start-a-150-billion-failure/
        Head Start – $150 Billion Failure

        http://globaleconomicanalysis.blogspot.com/2012/05/head-start-abysmal-failure-for-kids.html
        Head Start – Failure for Kids; Spectacular for Teacher Unions/Job Creation

        Moreover, private preschool providers should be getting the business if these services are needed – Government should not be competing with private enterprise.

        It would be far less costly to hand out state funding vouchers, for parents to use at private preschool facilities. This would also boost jobs in the private sector.

        Government needs to get out of the job-creation business, and let private enterprise do the job for which it’s intended. There are existing private services for preschool needs.

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          • Anonymous

            Ooops, meant this for Naran!

          • Guest

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          • Anonymous

            Where exactly does the parents responsibility come in? Does it end at conception? Why are people having children that they knew they couldn’t afford, and had no interest in raising in the first place? 
            The things that you mention, teaching social skills, how to interact, sharing, follow direction, etc., and could we add manners, respect for other people and their property, are supposed to be taught at home by the parents. What satisfaction do parents get from watching on the sidelines while someone else raises their pre-school children? 
            As far as the educational portion of your comment, most responsible parents teach their children at least the alphabet and some basic counting at home prior to kindergarten.
            From what I’ve seen of today’s children, being raised by daycare is failing miserably. 
            I can’t understand why, if someone can’t even support themselves, what ever makes them decide that this would be a good time to start a family. There just seems to be absolutely no personal responsibility for a large portion of the population, and there is no more thought put into bringing a child into the world than getting a puppy.
            Is it possible that this may force people to be more responsible in a decision to have a child, if they know ahead of time that their neighbors are not going to pay to raise it for them? That it requires financial responsibility and planning for the next 20 years of their lives.

          • Anonymous

             You want people to work, but you don’t want to pay them. You want women to say home with their kids. What you really want, is only the wealthy having kids. Republicans don’t want an educated populous, because those who are educated, tend to think for themselves.

          • Anonymous

            What are you talking about and where did you get that from what I said? You don’t have to be wealthy to raise a child properly. You do have to be responsible, and if it means that you may not be able to afford satellite TV because you have to care for your child then so be it. It’s called priorities. Of course the republicans want the population to be educated so they can take care of themselves instead of planning on everyone else to do it.
            If the liberals “thought for themselves” they would do a little financial planning before they decided t raise a family.

        • Guest

          If everything evens out by the third grade we should make some changes: CHANGE THE NAME OF THE PROGRAM TO -HURRY UP YOU’VE ONLY GOT FOUR GRADES TO CATCH UP. Disadvantaged poor kids should respond well to that.

        • Anonymous

          Awesome Naran…..you got some real “unbiased” sources there!

          • Anonymous

            At least she didn’t give us the usual BS statistics that come from the  Liberal groups such as Maine People’s (Welfare) Alliance,  Maine Center For Econmic Policy, Maine Municipal Association , Maine Democrat Party, AARP ,  Maine ACLU etc..   All of these folks have been finding new ways to screw the Maine Working Citizen and Maine Taxpayers for years.  Now they can’t do it anymore everyone who has been living off the Maine Taxpayer is angry.  Well I say good because why should we have to have our pockets picked for programs we want no part of.

        • fourCatssoon

           You say “and let private enterprise do the job for which it’s intended”  how is it going so far, has the “private enterprise” created any trickle down job just like Reagan said would be done. Nothing but massive debt under him and now the new approach in Maine, cut everything and that will create jobs – me thinks dthe Buffoon is off his meds:)

          • Anonymous

            the first thing I think of that trickles down is urine….and that’s exactly what this governor is doing to the people of Maine.

        • Anonymous

          “Proposed cuts the Legislature will consider next week to funding for Head Start and day care voucher programs…” This program you speak of already exists (the “day care voucher program”) and is also having funding cut (if you read the article). There goes that theory out the window!

        • B

           There are existing private services for preschool needs. nice only children who’s parents can pay  for  private school should be educated,lets carry it even further and make parents pay for all education. because prek-k is not cheap and as for vouchers i would never back a policy that pays for a religious education. by adding the link to the haritage group i see what you want. your tea party is showing.

        • Anonymous

          Have you checked the cost of a private pre-school lately? It is over $700 per month for starters! Not to mention that outside of urban areas they are few and far between. A family with 2 pre-school children with both parents working to stay off from welfare or government assistance can expect to pay over $1,400 per month. Of course your predictable retort will be if you can’t afford children don’t have any.

        • RoostookGuy

          How much of Maine is “inner city” ?

          You’re just proving Head Start is good for Maine.

          Read your own links much ?

      • fourCatssoon

         Let’s see, first the Buffoon Governor said he if elected would bring jobs, must be a new approach – NO NEW JOBS from the “Worst” Governor ever elected in the history of Maine, you thought Bush was bad, this guy is now in first “place”

    • Guest

      We have all  paid a lot of taxes over the years that have often  gone to waste for a variety of government programs. I’d been willing to pay a little more to keep this program. It’s one of the best investments we can make.I’m all for cutting out waste in government-this isn’t even close. Let’s not penalize little kids for being born into a less than fortunate situation.

    • Anonymous

      Nope.

    • Anonymous

      Is LePudge getting gastric bypass surgery?  Yeah…..keep cutting!

    • Anonymous

      One of these days, Frank the cutting is going to be deep enough to affect YOU; unfortunately, by then, it will be too late.  If you’re middle class, friend…your days are numbered…unless of course you’re wealthy enough to really believe what you’re saying.  

    • Anonymous

      Well Said.  The Liberals are up in arms because those who working their butts off are tired of paying for these folks.  What they still don’t get Maine has had its own depression for decades. That these programs are unsustainable and are part of the barrier that is holding this state back from really growing.

      • RoostookGuy

        Yes, because children are such freeloaders.

        The little polarized liberal/conservative world you espouse is a fabrication – get out more.

  • Anonymous

    Here we go again, they politicize the unborn, but don’t subsidize the one’s who are born.

    • Anonymous

      Right. Don’t talk to me about right to life when they don’t care about anytyhing but abortion. It is hypocritical!!

      • Anonymous

        It is also hypocritical for the NRC to pay for health insurance that covers abortion.

    • Anonymous

      More born, more competition. The strongest will survive. Isn’t that what Darwin explained in evolution, and God ment for it to be?

  • Bob

    Well I have been saying for a long time we have a class system In America . This will put disadvantage kids at a bigger disadvantage.  Cry about kids not doing well in school and defund the most in need .  Just because you had a few lucky breaks and worked hard dose not mean everyone will have those lucky breaks. Look at how well most of your brothers and sisters did MR.Lepage ? He must hate poor people because his resentment toward his alcoholic Father . Lepage “I know welfare I lived it” . Wait a second didn’t his alcoholic father have a job? Maybe Maine would have been better off if he did not eat as a child.

  • Anonymous

    Keep cutting, Paul!  You’ve now alienated yet another group who’ll be voting Democrat in the upcoming elections. 

    Unfortunately the backlash from his administration will be enormous over the next 10 years and we’ll all suffer for it. 

  • Anonymous

    Hey if you could be an in utero fetus and attend head start you’d be all set…..the problem is post birth they could care less about you or your educational opportunities…..fetuses just need to get off the couch….er…..I mean get out of the uterus and get a job!!!!!!

    • fourCatssoon

       Usual Republican rant and misdirection, plus no very nice, but that is where they usually reach – in the gutter:)

  • Anonymous

    Montessori schools are wonderful  places for young children to learn but very costly. Head start seems to be working well too. Shouldn’t disadvantaged children be given the right to advance also?

  • Anonymous

    Funny thing is when I was a kid, Head Start did not exist and our country was flourishing quite fine without it.  It sounds like the perfect program to CUT.  The cradle to grave mentality is killing our country.  People need to start helping themselves and stop relying on the taxpayers to fund their every want.

    • fourCatssoon

       Yeah, like the Governor giving his Daughter a position she was not qualified for in my opinion and also a position for a brother-in-law who owns a hammer. MM tell the Maine people how well off you are also to be truthful your name “mainemajority” your bunch were only 32% that is not a majority – first lie as usual!

    • Anonymous

      Our scoitety has evolved considerably since we were kids and maybe there was a hidden need for these programs all the time.  Postwar prosperity promtede a good dealbut hid a fair number of defects.

    • Tyke

      Not that long ago the middle class earning power was sufficient to permit more mothers to be at home full time. Since the Reagan years the wealth gap and the earnings drops that have benefited the rich at the cost of the middle class and poor have forced a much, much higher % of Mothers into full time work just to make ends meet.

      Happy Mothers’ Day to all Maine Moms — sorry LePage wants to scr*w you over.

    • Guest

      The waste of money spent on our military-industrial complex is what’s killing our country, not a great program like Head Start.

      • Anonymous

        The majority of states don’t have head start and they are doing better in the education rankings. Unlike Maine which is heading to the bottom, this state does not need this WELFARE DAYCARE PROGRAM.  Maine can look at what other states are doing right and go in that direction.  The taxpayers can’t afford to subsidize program anymore.  Why should we continue to subsidize other folks children.  When they majority of folks are struggling and are cutting back on their own expenses, taking wage cuts & freezes, changing work hours to keep their jobs.  It’s time to do away with the majority of these programs provide limited Welfare to those who are elderly and truly disabled.  If those folks are able to work they should.

        • Anonymous

          In every single state, children are served by a Head Start program. Do you just make this stuff up? “Why should we continue to subsidize other folks children.” Because they are tomorrow’s citizens.  
          http://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/hs/about 

          • Anonymous

            I think it comes from Pauli’s playbook

        • Anonymous

          darkcat33,  Why are you so hateful?  Today’s children are tomorrow’s adults. I,  for one,  would prefer they be educated, socialized, and have access to health care;  some parents can provide for that, some can’t.  There are many out there that work hard and still need a hand up due to the economy (food and gas prices), cost of daycare, etc.  

        • Anonymous

           Considering that today’s children will be developing tomorrow’s geriatric policies, maybe you should care. Better yet, today’s children will learn from you how to leave someone out in the cold, and throw you out on the street when you are elderly. Lazy old bum should have saved more for retirement…why should we continue to subsidize other folks’ grandparents…?

    • Anonymous

      It’s a different world today than when I was a kid (born in 1966).   My mother was a homemaker and my dad had a UNION job that provided good wages and benefits; we lived in a neighborhood that was fairly new, and full of families.   I remember many good times with neighborhood picnics, games of Kick the Can at night, etc.  Everybody knew each other, in person, and it was a great way to grow up…. moms around all the time (no need for daycare), friends within walking distance (back then we could wander the neighborhood all day, with no concerns, riding bikes, etc.).   When it was supper time, usually between 5-6, my mother would just call out to us and we would return home from wherever we were.   I remember one dad that would whistle for his kids to come home for dinner;  he was two streets away from us  (sound carried, houses were not so close together back then, lots of wide open spaces). 

      It used to be that all the dads would come home at the end of their workday, and the family would have supper together and then proceed with their nighttime routine (baths, sometimes TV if there was a good show on, had three channels and you could only change them if you got up to).   Sunday nights were special; pizza for supper, popcorn later while watching Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom, and then Disney.

      Society has changed drastically over the years; good in some ways, very bad in others.

       Every child deserves to enjoy being a kid, and learn while their minds are still fresh and open.  Head Start is an awesome program that is worth every penny.  My kids are pretty much grown, and I am struggling like many these days $ wise, but I would much rather my taxes go to a program like Head Start than to make up the loss of revenue because the wealthy are getting tax cuts. 

      I can’t wait until November.   I won’t vote for anyone who supports Lepage.   I think we are going to see a record-breaking number of people voting; I would certainly hope so.

    • Anonymous

      quit living in the past, we can’t do that anymore. Perhaps you haven’t checked the cost of day care lately for people, esp those making minimum wage or a bit above it.  Times are tough, like your heart.

  • Anonymous

    These politicans are all over the place.  Going off in all directions  like a chicken with it”s head cut off.  Few months ago  LePage and company was telling us they are taking money out of the public school and putting the money into religious schools ,basicially saying public schools are bad,  so  now they want to cut a program that will help kids get a head start?  And if the child doesn’t suceed cause of eliminating head start who’s fault will it be then  the teachers?   These kids are the next generation.  It’s time these politicians put their thinking cap on and make the right cuts to the state of Maine. You take away head start you will have more kids on the sytem later on in life.. Not a good thing. 

  • Anonymous

    So he wants to cut the funding to headstarts and childcare voucher programs, this will in turn put employees from the headstarts that will be forced to close on unemployment and those receiving the voucher program will be forced to stop working because child care costs more than there paycheck. So this will double the amount of people applying for TANF, MaineCare, and Foodstamps. Way to help the citizens of Maine who are employed but have very low income. LaPage do hate the citizens of State of Maine? You bash Maine State Employees, you bash citizens of Maine, sorry excuse for a governor.

    • RoostookGuy

      Penny wise, pound idiotic.

      • Anonymous

        Maybe we’re looking at this all wrong,  kids do not need this crappy education garbage the  government   is offering let’s be progressive and look at another way of educating our children http://www.moorefoundation.com/article/50/about-moore-home-schooling/moore-foundation/articles/synopsis

  • Guest

    The structural changes that these people want to make are to programs for the common people so that the divide between the wealthy and the working man is broadened. The sad thing is, they are succeeding with the help of the working man.

  • One small correction:  the child care cuts are not to TANF, but rather the Child  Care Development Fund.  People who recieve these subsidies are not eligible for TANF.  They MUST be working or in school and be very low income

    • Tyke

      Well if the cuts go through and they can no longer afford to work then they will qualify for TANF.

      What a dumb counterproductive proposal!

    • Anonymous

      These parents must have a job or be in school….or volunteer so many hours a week. At least two Headstart centers that I’m aware of fudge this time so that parents continue to get TANF benefits while their children attend their program.

      • Guest

        And other than a unanimous post here, to which officials have you reported this? Are you looking the other way? Shame on you.

      • Tyke

        So you think we should believe that licensed professionals would risk their livelihood and jail time to commit fraud on behalf of a couple of clients when there is a waiting list of others for the same service?

        That does not even begin to pass the smell test.

        … the ONLY way you could “know of” anyone fudging these numbers is if you did it yourself or had it done on your behalf.

        • Anonymous

          Perhaps they don’t realize they’re committing Freud maybe just “helping” out a parent that they’ve grown to close too…go on living under a rock if you don’t think these types of things are going on…there is Freud throughout the whole system. Really what’s it all matter we’ll educate our three year olds then when they get ready for college we’ll lock the educational door a time that is even more important for them to become active productive members of society.

          • Tyke

            … it appears you have had multiple “Freudian” slips in your post :)

          • Guest

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  • Anonymous

    We need to remember this come election , whenever the goverment talks cuts. its always for the working class and the poor.  How about cutting those in Goverment., Congress, Senators. Why do they deserve a high salery  when they can’t budget the state of Maine?  I will remember this come election time. And I hope you will too.  Everyone in office has to go. 

    • Anonymous

      Congress gets a high salary, many perks, etc because they vote themselves raises.  Even if we don’t get any raises, they make sure they do.  Why do you think they get into public office?  To help us!  HAHAHAHAHAHA…..they are first and foremost in it for what they can get. 

  • Govern0r LePage and the Republicans continue the campaign to turn Maine into North Mississippi.  

  • Anonymous

    Considering his miserable childhood, the guv, had he been born later, might have benefited from Head Start. But he wasn’t. He his start in the rough and tumble, bare knuckle school on Lewiston’s mean streets and bordellos (according to him); and look at what he’s become. Shouldn’t every poor kid get the same chance he had and turn out like that?

    • RoostookGuy

      Tyrants For Tomorrow !  Love it.

    • Anonymous

      he might also benefit by having a heart, less of a foul mouth and getting some manners.

  • Anonymous

    “Get off the couch and get a job!” and make sure you find a place that lets you take your kids with you because now I’m taking that away. Can he make up his mind on anything?

  • Anonymous

    Read this 2011 article in Time, hardly a conservative outlet.

    Head Start is NOT effective according to the feds!

     It’s a jobs program.Like many  augusta  nonprofits, the children’s  alliance is a Democratic front. A union guy is their advocacy person now.

     http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2081778,00.html    2011 article 

    “..It is now 45 years later. We spend more
    than $7 billion providing Head Start to nearly 1 million children each
    year. And finally there is indisputable evidence about the program’s
    effectiveness, provided by the Department of Health and Human Services:
    Head Start simply does not work.

    According to the Head Start Impact Study, which was quite
    comprehensive, the positive effects of the program were minimal and
    vanished by the end of first grade. Head Start graduates performed about
    the same as students of similar income and social status who were not
    part of the program. These results were so shocking that the HHS team
    sat on them for several years, according to Russ Whitehurst of the
    Brookings Institution, who said, “I guess they were trying to rerun the
    data to see if they could come up with anything positive. They
    couldn’t.” (See how California’s budget woes will hurt the state’s social services.)
    The
    Head Start situation is a classic among government-run social programs.
    Why do so many succeed as pilots and fail when taken to scale? In this
    case, the answer is not particularly difficult to unravel. It begins
    with a question: Why is Head Start an HHS program and not run by the
    Department of Education? The answer: Because it is a last vestige of
    Johnson’s War on Poverty, which was run out of the old Department of
    Health, Education and Welfare. The War on Poverty attempted to rebuild
    poor communities from the bottom up, using local agencies called
    community action programs. These outfits soon proved slovenly; often
    they were little more than patronage troughs for local Democratic Party
    honchos — and, remarkably, to this day, they remain the primary
    dispensers of Head Start funds. As such, they are far more adept at
    dispensing make-work jobs than mastering the subtle nuances of early
    education. “The argument that Head Start opponents make is that it is a
    jobs program,” a senior Obama Administration official told me, “and
    sadly, there is something to that.”

    Read more: http://www.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,2081778,00.html#ixzz1uhHtsWKk

    • Anonymous

      http://articles.latimes.com/2004/feb/22/opinion/op-mills22:

      Head Start works. A government study in 2001 showed that the federal preschool program for children from low-income families improved participants’ vocabulary and writing skills and narrowed the gap between them and more affluent youngsters. Last year, a San Bernardino County study found that kindergarten students who had gone through Head Start scored 9% better in literacy than students from similar backgrounds who had not participated in the program. They were also 9.6% better in language skills and 7.3% better in math skills. And they were absent from school 4.5 fewer days than their peers who hadn’t gone through the program. Other research has shown that Head Start children are less likely to need special education services, less likely to repeat grades and more likely to graduate from high school.

    • Anonymous

      Cambrai, You nailed.  Headstart has been nothing but a publicly funded baysitting program…nothing more, nothing less. 

    • Anonymous

       Our children go to daycare in a Head Start center. (We pay completely out of pocket for daycare, but the children go through the same curriculum whether they receive assistance or not). Our children have learned and developed so much – the teachers are fantastic, and the kids love it. My spouse and I have both spent days volunteering there as well, and there is no question that Head Start does wonders for the children who attend. Rather than quote articles about how it doesn’t work, I would encourage you to volunteer there for a week and see for yourself the independence, confidence, social skills, reading, math and logic that these children are learning. Truth be told, this center is the most expensive in our town if you do pay out of pocket as we do – but the quality is great, and I am more than happy to invest in my children’s future. I also like that we can help support other families in our community who aren’t as fortunate as us.

  • Anonymous

    LePage is only hurting children. And taking money from Head Start helps millionaires keep their special tax breaks.

    • Anonymous

      Right, LizDavies…he only hurts those who can’t fight back.  Imagine if he tried to tax the wealthy…..haha…..he would get quite a backlash.

  • Anonymous

    It really makes a lot of sense to cut child care subsidies when you proclaim in a public forum “Get off the couch and get a job”. This subsidy is probably the only reason they are able to work.

  • Anonymous

    LePage didn’t think twice about throwing the poor under the bus. That was bad. Now he and the republicans are willing to throw the children of the poor under the bus. That is despicable. They have no moral compass whatsoever.

  • Anonymous

    Whew, at least the prohibition budget is safe.  We can still afford to babysit idiots that probably won’t amount to much anyway instead of investing in our youth.

  • MA-NE.net: HEAD END?

  • Anonymous

    Why don’t we just restructure education and funding so that school goes from preschool or nursery school, or head start through high school if it is so important? Why leave the middle class behind, as low income is funded, and middle class do not necessarily have the funds either?

    Of course due to laws some kids could get a better education at home. Could that be changed too while we are at it?

    • Anonymous

       You really hit the nail on the head here. Our economy has really become such that for the majority of Americans, both parents need to be in the workforce to make ends meet. We need to have quality daycare (and the providers need to be paid decent living wages and treated like human beings) in order for them to be able to go to work and support the economy instead of staying at home and utilizing public resources.

  • Anonymous

    Remember – this is a people before politics governor.

  • Anonymous

    The sad truth is that head start does not improve performance over the long haul.   This is what testing has demonstrated.   We need to study the research to see that early intervention in not the panacea we once thought it to be.    That is the reality.

    • Anonymous

      Because they leave the child-oriented, child-led environment of Head Start and are thrown into our standardized test driven educational system that squelches out the natural desire in children to want to learn.

      If public schools would model themselves after Head Start, you would see that they would continue to perform above average.

  • Lepage would make a great match for Romney’s VP. They are both businessmen and they think alike. Hopefully he will pick him, and when he looses, they will both be gone.

    • Anonymous

       Did you see that Romney is under fire for lying about his support for the auto industry bailouts? I am a registered Republican, and I won’t even vote for this guy! I also will not be voting for LePage…I think we need a new political party. How about the common sense party? That has a nice ring to it.  Now to just find some qualified politicians…

  • Anonymous

    Spoken like a true Baptist.

  • Anonymous

    I love your posts.  They have the opposite effect on folks than you think they are having..  Your posts make liberals sound sensible. 

  • Anonymous

    “What we did was prioritize some things,” said Bennett. “We simply can’t be everything for everyone any longer. ” So the poor kids lose funding and the millionaires get a tax break, this is just business as usual for the buffaloed teaparty. I wonder how many Teapotters kids go to head start. 

    • Guest

      Since when does the Maine constitution say the taxpayers have to pay for babysitting

      • Anonymous

        Since you went from k through 12 evidently.

  • Anonymous

    Your right. 1 year olds are nothing but BUMS. BUMS I tell you.They don’t work. They don’t even feed themselves. Those SOB’s are just lazy. They can’t even take care of themselves and goddammit, I’m not going to take care of them! 
      And not just the 1 year ols. The two years are even worse. All they say “mine”, “mine” and half the time the stuff ISN’T EVEN THEIRS! Selfish, lazy no goood bums, these two year olds. And the three year olds.  Don’t get me going.
     Let them get their own friggin health care and education. They are leeches, just stealing taxpayer money. This larceny must stop! Don’t get me wrong. I’m a Christian. It’s just these infants are just BUMS.

  • Anonymous

    darkcat, I see your point. These children who benefit from these early education programs should quit acting so entitled and really reflect on why they continue to leech the system and stop being so lazy. I mean, they are 3 or even 4 years old! Why don’t they get jobs or just take care of themselves already? I’m sure saint Lapage was on his own by that age. What right minded child would choose to belong to a disadvantaged family anyway? Show some initiative! And what’s this non-sense about studies that show that investing in early childhood education increases that childs educational outcomes in highschool and beyond? Who needs to make decisions based on research and evidence? Not saint Lepage. Just continue to disregard facts and opinions of educational experts, darkcat, along with your teaparty brethren, because as everyone knows, educators are only in it for the money too.

  • Anonymous

    Used to be for four year olds know head start begins at three. What about parents teaching their own children at the age of three. The majority of the children that can attend the program are from families with a parent at home all day, the bus picks the children up and delivers the child right back at the door. I’ve been told by a couple bus aids that many parents aren’t even dressed when the bus gets there to pick up. Often times there’s a one on one worker at the house getting the kids ready for head start…when does it end. If you don’t want the government taking over your lives start raising and teaching you own children at least until they are potty trained for god sake.

    • Anonymous

       Where do you live? I see every parent at our daycare dropping off and picking up their own kids. I have NEVER seen a bus or any other kind of group transportation there. This is certainly not the case at our Head Start facility.

      • Anonymous

        Searsport, Belfast Headstart the classroom aides drive the buses to pick the kids up. They should also check into all the lying going on about parents covering their volunteer hours by volunteering at these centers and helping on the buses in order to continue to get there check every month. They don’t show up and the center covers for them and puts that they did the time. I do know this because I know at least two parents that brag about.

  • Anonymous

     Since “these folks” shouldn’t have had kids to begin with, I’m sure you are willing to fund birth control for them, or fund police to go into people’s bedrooms to keep them from procreating.

    I’m also guessing that you are willing to contribute more money so “these people” can take courses on how to take care of kids, or are willing to teach a course for free yourself.

    I also assume that you know of “better jobs” that are available for these people to have right now. 

    • Anonymous

      What we should be doing is cutting these folks off.  But the Liberals are too dumb and lazy to do it.  Liberals think Mainers have unlimited pocketbooks to keep funding these folks.  Sorry but people are tapped out the Liberals better get used to it.  It is time to make the hard choices and if these programs need to go so be it.  Maine will be better off in the long run by getting rid of the Welfare State we have now.  We need to stop with the nonsense with tier systems on Welfare, Drug Testing, Abuse etc..  Just cut the programs do the easy work.  If the Legislature refuses to do their jobs we can put in new folks who will make these cuts.

      • Anonymous

        Yes and I’m sure you have a list of who we could put in.  in fact, maybe we could build work camps and put everyone who makes less than you in them.  We could practice selective sterilization and maybe even build a few furnaces for those who don’t work. LOL.  Why would you even bother to move to a state that didn’t match up to your expectations?  So many move here to get away from the big city, big stress life and procede to make Maine in that same image.

      • Guest

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        • Anonymous

          Wrong. It’s about my wallet and every other taxpayer’s wallet too. Without us you would be completely  hopeless and forever changed.

          • Guest

            ….

          • Anonymous

            Blah, blah, blah…More personal attacks and class warfare.

            By the way, do you have any concept how many Mainers you accuse of having fat wallets are now in poverty themselves after having had their wallets vaccuumed to pay for the Great Society programs you worship? 

  • Anonymous

    We can afford to support LePage’s daughter in rather luxurious fashion but not anybody else’s child. Go figure.

    • Anonymous

      Now we all know exactly who to blame, not that we’re wasting time doing so… 

      Decades of Augusta Democrats feeding unions and unions feeding Augusta Democrats we discover how important it is to educate all for the children. How much education could Maine taxpayers buy with the negotiated pensions we’re obligated to pay for because “all Maine children deserve the best education we can provide”? 

  • Anonymous

    I went to Head Start 43 years ago. Nearly everyone on the island where I lived was Republican and very conservative. Head Start has nothing to do with liberals or republicans. For decades it has been helping in the lives of millions of children across this country. 

    It’s hard to take what you have written about education seriously. You use incorrect grammar and spelling. You have poor sentence structure and you don’t know where to end  one paragraph and start another. Maybe Head Start could have helped you be more successful with your own education.

    • Anonymous

      The original Head Start concept has become larded up with consultants and dropped down to where it functions more as a free day care program for working moms–what are 1 yr olds doing in Headstart???, than a genuine educational program for 3-5’s.

      I spent two years operationalizing hundreds of Headstart Programs around the U.S. as one of the very first Headstart program analysts working for the Office of Economic Opportunity in 1965. I could personally fund up to $1 million dollars as a Community Action Program analyst.

      Eventually, I worked in the largest Headstart program in the U.S. w/800 full time & 2,000 in the summer and then I returned to Grad. School to finish a degree. 

      I was trained and supervised by the developmental experts who designed pre-school education programs at a time when the public school system was decidedly unfriendly to the Headstart approach to educating children.

      Do I believe in the HEADSTART concept?  Of course I do.

      Do I believe in the cuts LePage is proposing? Sort of, because reforming a bloated, pork ridden public program sometimes means terminating it so it can be re-invented so it is true to the needs of the children it was designed to serve, and not the many consultants who feed off of it. Putting vouchers in the hands of some parents puts them in charge of their child’s education, and not dumping it on the school. 

  • Anonymous

    I have lived my entire life here.   I consider myself a Mainer, which means, among many things, I am hard working, compassionate, honest, and always willing to lend a helping hand; wherever you came from nearly 34 years ago, you should go back to.

  • There is no sense whatsoever to take away these programs from people who are trying to improve their lives and the lives of their children. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Zy23pvkobU This is asinine, contemptible and a slap in the face to those who are making an effort.

    • Anonymous

      Parents wanting to improve the lives of their children do so by not only relying on others to educate, feed, cloth and house them…at three years old and parents being home they should be able to care and teach that baby themselves not send them on a van to school. I’ve never doubted that a four year old should have a jump start with their education through the Headstart program…it’s when three year olds were thrown in the classroom I realized they were babysitting for parents who didn’t want to parent their child.

    • Guest

      Maine democrats rewarded women to have children, and now someone is trying to fix it.

  • Anonymous

    We are not a Head Start family, but our kids attend daycare that does have Head Start services. My spouse and I each make good wages, well over minimum wage, and we can barely afford daycare for our 2 children. We pay more for daycare than our mortgage and car payment together. If we make good wages for the area and can barely afford daycare, I can’t imagine how difficult it is for people who do make minimum wage, or who cannot get 40 hours a week because their employer doesn’t want to foot the bill for benefits, or those who are single parents. Especially in this economy, it doesn’t seem like we should be making it more difficult for people who want to work to do so. It is also well documented that Head Start programs save much more money in the long run than the cost of the program. Also, when the recipient families are able to go work a job, it is likely that they will no longer qualify for programs such as welfare, WIC and MaineCare. They will be paying taxes on those wages. The ones who are attending school are increasing their earning potential (and therefore their tax rate) potentially over several decades. Additionally, if services are cut, it is not only recipient families who will suffer. Not all families at Head Start programs receive public assistance; however, our daycare dollars help to share the costs of the program and lighten the taxpayer load – we pay nearly $15,000/year for daycare. If our center closes, I run the risk of losing my job if I can’t line up alternate care quickly enough. When funding decisions cost more money in the long run and potentially cause a loss of jobs for recipients and non-recipients, it is time to reconsider the true impact of those cuts. Cutting Head Start funding is not a smart move.

  • Bob

    I grew up In poverty to two uneducated parents. I was lucky enough to have had head start.  Now that being said I do OK  for myself . The system has always been biased against people who start out slow . Teaching like these kids will not catch up if they do not by third grade.  In third grade I got to go into a small room and play in a sand box in the 70s . I was a very slow learner . I still am weak in my ability to wright . Now that being said I graduated High School 9th of a class of 64 . If you do not learn to wright at an early age you will be behind most likely for the rest of you life in that area.  Now that being said I and Dam good at math science and abstract reasoning.  My GPA in college classes I took is a 3.33 nothing to brag about. I have never been on welfare or state assistance .  Poor kids start school being exposed to 3 million less words on average than upper middle class kids. What they forget to factor in is convergence towards the mean. When someone starts out slow they will tend to catch up giving the right help and support. When they start out ahead they will tend to loose some of the gain latter on . The system teaches nonsense like IQ is fixed throughout a life time . That dose many kids a major disservice . When Ideas like that are planted in teachers heads it will lower expectations of students . In Raw IQ points  I bet I would fare well against most teachers who said I was a slow learner . Even factoring the fact I am weak in righting skills   .

  • Anonymous

    the problem is, hon, that we don’t live on an island.  the children we don’t take care of today will cost society so much more later in life, through jails and loss of productivity.  we can run, but we can’t hide.

    i choose head start over jails.  cheaper, better for people.

  • Anonymous

    We never had a program like headstart when I was growing up.   I agree the good old days are gone but I think the days of all the hand outs are gone too.  The people can’t afford it any longer.  If we keep giving out the State will end up like CA or the Feds.  Both are now passing the bill down to the people, not only the rich but everyone which is just going to make a circle and keep on building the bill unless things are cut.

  • Anonymous

    Unfortunately for you and your supposed facts, the numbers of our programs don’t lie. Headstart has to meet certain standards, and our classrooms at Educare are constantly being observed and tested, as are the children. We surpassed the national average scores for our evaluations, showing that these children are being given the best chance to succeed in school. Their social-emotional development is the single most important thing that will determine whether or not these kids will enter kindergarten ready to learn, and we are giving them that. The toxic stress these children are faced with sets them up for a life of hardship and learning difficulties, but Headstart services help alleviate that, even reverse it. Investing in children under 5 is the most crucial thing this entire country could do to have an educated and able workforce in the future. You can cry about “liberal junk programs” all you want, but that doesn’t fix anything. You are actually making it worse. If you want people off the state, then get to them early. The more you hurt the children the more you’re hurting the state. Do you like paying for alternative education and special services by the time high school rolls around? There would be far less of that if children’s learning was being better funded at an earlier age. This isn’t about politics, it’s about doing what’s right for the children. I’ve seen first hand the benefits of all of this, and it is clear what will happen if it is taken away. Quit sticking to your conservative talking points, open your eyes and see what is really going on here.

  • Anonymous

    If I did my math right that’s over eleven thousand dollars per kid in head start and day care programs, I think that’s pretty good money to pay for  baby setting. Our tax dollars at work…

    • Anonymous

      And includes the people who pay taxes that work and use these programs as well. Either bit%h cause people don’t work, or bit%h cause people work and need programs like this so they can work. Either way someone has something to bit%h about.  People need a touch of humility then maybe there would be more compasion for others. Greedy, greedy, greedy country we have become. Terrible.

  • Anonymous

    How do we get rid of this guy?  Do we really have to wait til the next election?  He is going to ruin this state!

  • Anonymous

    If each parent of a child in Head Start paid $10 per week for their child, then the $2 million cut would be paid for. I think every parent should pay something for a service, if only to make it clear that there is no free lunch. No program needs to close. 

  • Guest

    We need to get the idea of state programs through our heads. It is not about the money. The Gov. and the Rep Pack has shown us that they will spend money with the best liberals. The budget is up! Everyone is a liberal spender on the things he/she wants, ie poor people who smoke. It is about using the wealth and power of the state to advance the wealthiest, which widens the gap between the classes and really heads us toward what has historically been the outcome- revolution. I am too old to be invoved in this, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see my grandchildren into it. Keep your arms, folks, because you will need them to return the country to sanity.

  • Robert Gallant

    So why is it that a Democratic Govenor in California threatens cuts to public safety and schools unless taxes are raised gets no flac, however when a Republican Govenor states the same things about schools he gets bashed? hmmm, wake up Maine!

    • Bob

      Because this Govenor has cut taxes and wants more cuts.

      • Robert Gallant

        And whats wrong with that?

        • Bob

          At the cost of preschool .

  • Head Start should be reserved for people working. The state should not be providing daycare or Head Start for mothers/fathers who are staying at home.

    And yes…the state provides childcare to parents who do not work.

  • Anonymous

    Based on my experience as v.p. of a local Headstart program for two years, there is plenty of money in the Headstart budget.

    The problem is that most of it is in OVERHEAD; certainly not teacher salaries. 

    Chartering a new generation of Headstart programs using the original model of a Headteacher/principal + sect. + well paid teachers would enable the costs to be reduced, perhaps in half and result in more pay for the direct service providers–we had a director who made nearly $75k,
    taught at USM, and spent most of her time at her USM office allegedly ‘running’ the program by phone calls. The teachers made minimum wage; we eventually fired the director and boosted teacher pay…only after negotiating a substantial severance package-which I refuse to vote for, to avoid getting sued.

    …and a lot of lawsuits from all the piggies who now feed at the Headstart trough.

    One solution is converting most of the program into parent directed vouchers and a registry of Headstart compliant programs; another is a pilot program of regulatory free Headstart charters.

  • Anonymous

    Now this Bully and Brute, LePage is going after our Maine children. Does this guy even have a Soul?

  • Guest

    Who came up with the Idea that Baby sitting was the responsibility of the State in the first place??
    Put all the pretty names on it that you want it’s still baby sitting. 

  • Guest

    cash payments, food stamps, subsidized housing, healthcare,  babysitting, cell phones, milage, education. etc.etc.
    Why would you want to go to work?

    • Anonymous

       if you want poor people to work, you either have to pay them a living wage, or you have to help get by, it up to you.

  • So, Gov LePage just got the republicans to propose more cuts to support working class people whose employers do not provide insurance and childcare programs. First, we’ll drive up the already over the top number of ER visits; the most expensive and least effective approach to sick care often CAUSED but poverty it self. Then we’ll remove the best investment in crime reduction our society has, childcare. This is NOT conservative politics this is something else entirely. Would some reasonable, republican-identifying friends please explain to me how this is conservative?

  • Anonymous

    LePage putting students first again !  How about automating all toll booths, eliminating the state dept of education and enforce the welfare fraud that supposedly isnt running wild !

    • Anonymous

      You mean the three year old students?  When did the State take on responsibility of educating three year olds.  If programs didn’t feel the need to bloat themselves up then cuts wouldn’t have to be made.  The Head Start program started out being for 4 year olds to get a jump start on their education before entering school the next year.  Now we start them at 3 — that’s just crazy!  I completely support the 4 year old program and giving kids a head start — not shipping three year olds off on a van to go to school — parents need to teach their kids at this age.

  • Anonymous

    Let’s educate our three year olds and when they get ready for college offer them nothing. Does it make since to spend all the money on pre school education and lock the door to post secondary education for the same kids. Three year olds should still have parental involvement in educating and teaching them what a three year old needs to know.

  • Anonymous

    Some studies have shown that Head Start participants and those who do not participate in that program are performing nearly the same by the time they are in the early grades.

  • Guest

    The only question I have is when LePage and the other extremists have cut all of the social net and nothing has improved who will they blame?  

    I don’t know what all the whinning is about, when you have two unpaid for wars and all the years the Job Creators got the bush tax cuts the money has got to come from somewhere, might as well take it from the ones who caused this mess …. the ones who can least afford it, the poor.

  • Anonymous

    The federal gov. own investigation, has shown that head start programs, do not show any difference in early childhood development, between children that go to head start programs, and children without head start.

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  • Anonymous

    “Cut the fat”. “Cut the Fat”. How many times have we heard tea party republicans screams those words? “It’s time to tighten our belts”, is another popular phrase we hear from tea party republicans. Unfortunately they talk the talk, but do not seem willing to walk the walk. One has to look no further then the current resident of The Blaine House to see that belt tightening is not something that he practices. 

  • What our state government and federal governments need to start doing is cutting from the top. Instead of targeting the six figure earners in our governments they come after the people who can barely get by, and or trying to better themselves. WE THE PEOPLE need to stand up and make the changes we need. We certainly cant wait around for them to do it.

  • Anonymous

    Eating the seed corn.

    • Guest

      ….

  • Anonymous

    We don’t need no education…

    Yessah

  • Anonymous

    20,000 per kid and no show of improvement… Cut….

  • Anonymous
  • Anonymous

    New ad campaign for next election (whoever wants to use it):  Solidifying the failure of Maine’s next generation one Headstarter at a time –  Quite catchy if you ask me.

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