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Lots of Empty Seats

Sequester hits close to home for Head Start

August 22, 2013

To the families and employees of the Northern Panhandle Head Start in Moundsville, the 37 empty seats on display Wednesday at the Fourth Street facility represent 37 local children who lost services......

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sounder

Aug-24-13 11:31 AM

When you have a state like West Virginia which is consistently ranked as one of the top five for the least educated population in the U.S.--some of these comments substantiate those statistics. A state, a region with few options for growth, almost an energy colony of other regions; those with limited or few opportunities for any kind of positive change, upward mobility, do fight very fiercely for the few remaining crumbs. You read these comments from other areas of the U.S. where economic development is stalled or non existent. No wonder the population is dwindling away to the old folks who can't leave and the younger ones who have so few social skills for dealing with the outside world, won't.

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WVEXPAT

Aug-24-13 8:57 AM

Like most govt programs Head Start appears to be rife w/ fraud. From USA Today, "Undercover investigators trying to enroll a handful of fictitious children in federally funded Head Start child care centers found that in about half of the cases, workers fraudulently misrepresented parents' incomes, addresses and other information to allow kids to qualify for a slot."

The cuts were 5% so how much could be saved by reducing administrative waste and fraud?

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AaronS

Aug-24-13 8:49 AM

If our federal government was as concerned about head start as they claim, they would have funded this program. After all, federal spending doubled from 2001, when the budget was within $18B of being balanced, to 2012 so it's not like we as a nation aren't spending. They really can't blame revenues either, as those increased by a full third from 2001 to 2012 and included 3 years of record revenues.

The problem is what we are spending our money on. That is what needs to change. Problem is, the current administration doesn't want to change that so when Obama's sequester took effect, instead of cutting wasteful spending, his administration cut spending to worthwhile programs like head start instead of other programs. After all, had hey cut funding to something like Future Gen, that wouldn't have made the papers.

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bloomin

Aug-23-13 10:52 PM

Daycare and pre school are not the same things. Pre school does not cost $250 per month. Those with low income are entitled to daycare. Head start was not intended to be a babysitting service or daycare service. I sympathize with working parents, but head start is not the answer. The children need fed and to have their teeth brushed before going to pre school or head start. It is about 3 hrs per day. Dr office visits have gone from $5 to $20 and prescriptions from $8 to $40. Many just above poverty are suffering from such and do not qualify for pre school either. Is there a reason that parents cannot put together play groups at each others house on their own.

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Megs85

Aug-23-13 8:25 PM

This loss has caused my 3 year old daughter to lose her spot in the head start program! She learned so much in Ohio county's early head start program that I'm so upset over this. I now have to bring her to work with me (thank god my boss is nice enough to allow this) but this is now causing her to have so social interactions with other kids her age! Which is hurting her emotionally, she keeps asking if its her turn to go to school yet??

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WVEXPAT

Aug-23-13 6:04 PM

So my problem isn't so much with Head Start as it is w/ comments such as Ms. DeWitt and other posters here. Truly a sad state when people feel the need to rely on the Nanny state vs family/friends or taking responsibilty for their actions.

The bad thing about liberalism is that sooner or later you run out of other people's money. I believe the original quote was from Margaret Thatcher about socialism, but it applies here.

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WVEXPAT

Aug-23-13 4:24 PM

I'm sure there have been lots of success stories of Head Start kids and probably more where the program has saved young lives. But even HHS own report doesn't show clear effectiveness on development and socialization. "In the overall samples, on most indices of cognitive-academic development and social-emotional development, the impacts of Head Start and EHS do not persist into elementary school (e.g., first grade for Head Start; fifth grade for EHS). On average, across children in the EHSREP and HSIS, when analyzed within the experimental design of the studies, the positive effects of program experiences dissipate early in elementary school for Head Start and by the end of elementary school for EHS5". (Advisory Committee on Head Start Research and Evaluation Final Report August 2012)

Also, the article indicates the budget was cut by 5%. Are there not other places in the budget where 5% can be absorbed w/o cutting "seats"?

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dyingov

Aug-23-13 3:29 PM

$13,000 per year.

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dyingov

Aug-23-13 3:28 PM

The program is based on income for eligibility. If you are lower middle income you are not eligible. $250-$350 per week for private pre-school/day care. So for $13,000 the lower middle income family can get service. More than they pay for a mortgage in most cases! So why work when everything is handed to those in the lowest income brackets???

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bloomin

Aug-23-13 2:54 PM

Is this an all day program or something? Use to be for 3 hours a day just like pre-schools were.

I thought it was intended to get the kids up to par because mid class people all send kids to pre school and these kids would start K behind, not knowing socialization, ABC's etc. Was not intended to be daycare.

This DeWitt made a really bad comment and really makes me reconsider my support for the program.

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richardwhee

Aug-23-13 11:48 AM

I am against abortions-but- If you can't afford to have and properly raise kids- don't have them. Sound cruel? Face the facts!

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TrollSlayer

Aug-23-13 11:04 AM

From the article “My grandchildren go to Head Start and if there wasn't Head Start, they would have to be home alone," Moundsville Councilwoman Ginger DeWitt said. "There would be no food for them, no teeth brushed, no children to play with to learn to socialize.”

This quote is enlightening. As Hillary Clinton said, “It takes a village...” to produce enough property tax revenue to fund babysitters so Progressive mothers and grandmothers can spend their days self-actualizing instead of responsibly feeding, bathing, and socializing their children and grandchildren.

The liberal motto: We birth ‘em, you raise ‘em.

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whgfeeling

Aug-23-13 12:51 AM

there goes the free babysitter.

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bloomin

Aug-22-13 10:08 PM

WVEXPAT-that is exactly what I was about to comment about. I am in favor but I cannot believe this council woman said this. They would be left at home alone-then they would be in states custody.

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TrollSlayer

Aug-22-13 8:03 PM

The truth hurts, eh jeff? LOL

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wvujeff

Aug-22-13 6:52 PM

Idiot Republicans bantering on this thread and blaming liberal thought, please crawl in a hole and shut the*****up.

As for those who have common sense, let's push the State Leaders to utilize a chunk of the tax revenues collected from gambling to fund the Head Start programs in West Virginia. Children who attend a Head Start program ARE better prepared when they get to kindergarten, including their social skills. It's an important program that our leaders have an opportunity to save.

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oldmansvan

Aug-22-13 6:35 PM

let's spend a few more trillion on phony wars and make another 70 million for Cheney.

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dyingov

Aug-22-13 5:51 PM

Nope don't care about society! Taxes and fees take 53% of my income! So my labor is more for you than me.....

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Hefner

Aug-22-13 5:39 PM

If this is so catastrophic, why is everyone in the picture smiling? Did the photographer shout, "say cheese?"

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Maddie

Aug-22-13 4:06 PM

I believe there is a way out of this issue and it belongs squarely in the laps of Republican Legislators. Stop playing games with our budget and drop the ill willed attitudes towards our President. Have you forgotten that we are the United States of America and we should all be in this together?

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RobinHood

Aug-22-13 2:32 PM

really77 - the people that make these comments on here do not care about the youths future. They would much prefer that only people who can afford to send their own children to school be able to do so (not just pre-school, but all levels of education), and all the rest either remain uneducated or just go away. They do not want them to be provided with the opportunity to become useful members of society. Though I have met many "rich kids" that are more a burden on society than the poorer ones. This is why I typically do not read the comments made by the readers of this newspaper, too many are basically useless comments made by useless people. They do not care about others.

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really77

Aug-22-13 1:58 PM

The headstart program is an amazing thing my son is it rite now and It has improved his social skills and learning so much! Everyone wants to complain about todays youth, yet when a program like this is cut that is all we r doing hurting our youths future!

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Blackrock

Aug-22-13 1:48 PM

A funding cut of 5% results in those kind of cutbacks? No way! Liberals playing the emotion game. How about watching your own grandchildren, Grandma. I want to throw up.

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acousticportal

Aug-22-13 10:28 AM

A true sign of the degradation of our society.

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mikeyd

Aug-22-13 9:20 AM

i never wanted someone else to raise my kid.my wife and i worked opposite shifts so we could raise her.worked out well.

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