Michael Petit and Nicole V. Lang
Today all the talk in Washington and around the country is focused on the folly of a government shutdown that will harm many Americans, especially the most vulnerable among us, in myriad ways.
Yet, even before this stalemate in our nation’s capital, Virginia families — in particular, little children — were suffering the ill-effects of deep federal budget cuts in the Head Start program. Some 57,000 kids have been denied enrollment nationally because of the indiscriminate slashing of essential programs known as “sequestration.” Virginia has not been spared, with upwards of 800 children losing access.
Petit is president and CEO of Every Child Matters Education Fund. Lang is president and CEO of Washington Pediatrics Associates.