|NEW YORK - October 20 - Declaring in a full-page New York Times advertisement yesterday (October 19) that Head Start pays enormous dividends, ninety leading businesspeople called on Congress to stand up and fight for Head Start rather than dismantle it, as proposed by President George W. Bush.
Pointing to a new study showing that society gets over $8 back for every dollar invested in Head Start, the business leaders ad states: How is this possible? Because, compared to needy children who arent in the program, Head Start kids are healthier, miss less school, need less special education, read better, learn faster, are more likely to graduate and go to collegeand grow into far more productive adults.
The ad continues: And businesspeople especially know how valuable Head Start is. It has given us a more productive work force. It has created a larger pool of talent to choose from. And it has meant better child care for our employees.
Among the Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities signers of the ad are Alan Hassenfeld, Chairman & CEO of Hasbro Inc.; Arnold Hiatt, former Chairman & CEO of the Stride Rite Corporation; Ben Cohen, co-founder, Ben and Jerrys; Bob Johnson, Founder and CEO, BET; Richard Johnson, founder and former CEO, HotJobs.com; Barbara Krumsiek, President and CEO, the Calvert Group.
The ad is sponsored by Business Leaders for Sensible Priorities (BLSP) and the Head Start Association.
Advised by retired admirals and generals, BLSP has 700 business members and runs TrueMajority, the online advocacy organization of 330,000 members. Readers of the ad are encouraged visit the www.TrueMajority.org to send a free fax to Congress, opposing the dismantlement of Head Start.