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WASHINGTON, DC – Earlier today, the Trump Administration released the President’s FY 2018 Budget Proposal including $9.168 billion for Head Start – a reduction of $85 million. The following statement should be attributed to Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association:

Susan Main, CEO and President of Early Learning Coalition of Duval received a Lifetime Achievement Award from LSF Head Start for her 17 years of service. Main has served thousands of families and children across Duval County in her role and has been a resolute champion for early childhood education initiatives such as Head Start and Early Head Start. Over the course of her career, Main has held leadership roles with several organizations and committees including the Association of Early Learning Coalitions and the Duval Early Learning Director’s Network.

President Trump signed Public Law 115-31, the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2017, on May 5, 2017. Included is $9,253,095 for programs under the Head Start Act, which is an increase of approximately $85 million over the fiscal year (FY) 2016 funding level.

This increase provides grantees a one percent cost-of-living adjustment (COLA). This Program Instruction provides information about the COLA funds that are available to Head Start and Early Head Start grantees in FY 2017 and describes the requirements for applying for these funds.