Bronx advocates fear proposed bill could threaten Headstart programs

Bronx advocates spoke out about a bill that could affect the Headstart program.

The Headstart program has been around for about 30 years and has proven to be successful. The program gives low-income children around 3 or 4 years old the chance to go to a high quality school and get a head start on their education. Kids are also given medical and dental coverage by the program.

Now, Headstart, which is funded by the federal government, may be in jeopardy. Federal lawmakers have proposed a bill that would allow state governments to decide how much funding should go towards Headstart programs. Advocates fear that if the bill is passed, it could open the door for state lawmakers to cut or possibly eliminate funding for Headstart.

So far the bill has passed through the House of Representatives.

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