Report on Head Start Programs Released by Maine Children’s Alliance Shows Significance in the State
“I am determined to break the generational poverty line that has been going on. I grew up in rats and roaches and my children aren’t living that way,” said Angela Krehbiel-Vancil. Angela Krehbiel-Vancil says that’s because all her children have participated in Head Start programs. “My children have been given opportunities that they otherwise wouldn’t have if I wasn’t involved in the Head Start program. Socialization skills and peer mentoring,” said Krehbiel-Vancil. A new report released by the Maine Children’s Alliance on Head Start shows the significance of the program here in Maine. While the report’s release was scheduled before the the governor announced proposed cuts to the program, they say it couldn’t have come at a better time. “Now our advocates and legislators have good data to show that head start does really work and does have a significant impact not only on the children that attend but their parents and the broader community,” said Maine Children’s Alliance Member, Judy Reidt-Parker. A spokesperson for Governor LePage says if the cuts were to go through, the program would still be able to run. “At a time when we can’t pay the bills, we need to look at areas that are already receiving funds, look at those and see if we can find some way to supplement the Medicaid program,” said LePage Spokesperson, Adrienne Bennett.But those who presented the report disagree and say the program would be hard pressed. ” It’s a business model that we’re really going to have to try and figure out how to make work. They’ve done it before but they’ve been asked to do that far too frequently now,” said Reidt-Parker.