2003 Adopted Resolutions
71st Annual Meeting

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WHEREAS, the Head Start program has a long tradition of delivering comprehensive and high quality services designed to foster healthy development in low-income children; and

WHEREAS, Head Start grantee and delegate agencies provide a range of individualized services in the areas of education and early childhood development; medical, dental, and mental health; nutrition; and parent involvement; and

WHEREAS, one third more at-risk children who attended a quality early childhood program graduated from high school than those who did not attend; and

WHEREAS, current Head Start funds are delivered directly to local grantees in thousands of communities across the country with more than 150 programs being managed and operated by local city or county governments; and

WHEREAS, the Head Start program is a comprehensive program that works to address the social, cognitive, and physical needs of children and the coordinated involvement of parents in the program so they are committed to their child's education; and

WHEREAS, Head Start targets the nation's poorest children, those living in families at or below the poverty line, as well as children with disabilities or other special needs; and

WHEREAS, the President is asking Congress to include in the reauthorization of the Head Start Act an option that would allow interested states to include Head Start as part of their preschool programs;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors supports the concept of greater cooperation among Head Start and other early learning programs; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors strongly opposes any attempt to dismantle or move Head Start to the states;

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that The U.S. Conference of Mayors urges Congress to fully fund the Head Start Program.