Hundreds of families stormed the halls of Congress Wednesday to urge lawmakers to give more government grants for an existing education program geared towards low-income families.
The families visited members of both the House and Senate at the Capitol building in Washington, DC. Reporters Phillip Stucky and Henry Rodgers visited the “Head-Start Families” and asked what they hoped to accomplish on Capitol Hill.
“We need more grants for our state offices,” one demonstrator told The Daily Caller News Foundation at the scene. “That money will go towards ensuring more families can take advantage of these amazing programs.”
“When I got divorced, I found myself with three kids and no support to help with daycare so I could work. Because of Head Start services, I was able to raise my family up out of poverty when I started my own business,” Rachel C said in a press statement released by Head Start.
“My hope is that everyone understands how vital this program is to the success of our communities,” Rachel concluded.
Several sitting members of Congress came to the event, including Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman-Schultz of Florida and Sen. Charlie Crist, a Democrat from Florida.
Students in the head start program are 31 percent less likely to be held back a year compared to other students in similar low-income environments, acccording to statistics provided by the National Head Start Association.
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