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Sherrill Addresses Child Care Crisis During Dover ‘Head Start’ Visit

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DOVER — On Tuesday, September 5, Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill (NJ-11) visited the classrooms and met with the leadership of the Head Start Community Program in Morris County, Dover. The visit provided her with an in-depth view of the vital roles that Head Start plays in furnishing educational and economic avenues for New Jersey families and communities.

She emphasized the urgency to shield federal backing for such initiatives, especially as it face potential challenges in Washington. Rep. Sherrill talked about her proactive endeavors to tackle the childcare crisis both in New Jersey and nationwide, focusing on the looming threat of reduced federal funds for childcare centers.

Congresswoman Sherrill remarked, “For nearly 60 years, Head Start has been an instrumental pillar, empowering countless children with better opportunities for personal growth and success. Conversations with leaders in Morris County highlight how Head Start remains integral in laying the groundwork for lifelong success, beyond just early education. However, there are voices in Washington proposing drastic budget cuts to Head Start, an act that would severely impact families in New Jersey and the broader economic landscape.”

She continued, “Additionally, the imminent expiration of pandemic relief funds for child care centers by month’s end is concerning. If not addressed, we could witness over a thousand childcare facilities in New Jersey shutting down. This could skyrocket costs for families and send shockwaves throughout the economy. As I return to Washington next week, I am committed to safeguarding essential initiatives like Head Start and circumventing such impending challenges for our families and the economy.”

Known as a staunch supporter of child care and early education, Rep. Sherrill had previously proposed the “Child Care for Every Community Act.” This act aims to guarantee access to top-tier, cost-effective child care and early learning opportunities, drawing inspiration from the Head Start model.

Susan O’Donnell, Executive Director of the Head Start Community Program in Morris County, expressed her enthusiasm about the Act, “It’s promising to see a proposal like the Child Care for Every Community Act, grounded in the quality standards of Head Start. With Rep. Sherrill’s efforts, we’re hopeful that every family can avail of superior, affordable early learning. Quality childcare not only nurtures children’s potential but also propels local economies, promotes employment, and reinforces family welfare. It’s a holistic benefit.”

Research indicates that Head Start attendees often witness improved test performances, heightened likelihoods of high school completion, and increased adult earnings, added O’Donnell.

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Frank Cahill
Frank Cahillhttps://www.frankcahill.com
Publisher of Parsippany Focus since 1989 and Morris Focus since January 1, 2019, both covering a wide range of events. Mr. Cahill serves as the Executive Board Member of the Parsippany Area Chamber of Commerce, Lt. Governor of Division 9 Kiwanis Club of NJ, and Chairman of the Parsippany-Troy Hills Economic Development Advisory Board. Owner of the Morris now app serving small business in Morris County.
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