Support Early Education: Restore Frederick County, Maryland's Head Start Funding
  • Petitioned Kirby Delauter, Paul Smith, Billy Shreve, Blaine Young, David Gray

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Kirby Delauter, Paul Smith, Billy Shreve, Blaine Young, David Gray

Support Early Education: Restore Frederick County, Maryland's Head Start Funding

    1. Stefanie Cox
    2. Petition by

      Stefanie Cox

      Adamstown, MD

On January 27, 2011, Frederick County Maryland's County Commissioners voted to cut the county's share of the federal Head Start program effective March 1. This action will cut the program roughly in half. It will affect 50 teachers, 30 support staff, and 280 poor children (3-5 year olds from families that fall below the federal poverty line). The program has existed for four decades. Jobs will end on March 1.

Adding insult to injury, the commissioners advised mothers to stay married and stay home with their children and not hold jobs outside the home.


Head Start staff to lose their Frederick County jobs March 1

County commissioners to vote Tuesday to relinquish funding to federal program in Frederick to close budget gap


February 8, 2011


Frederick News Post

County looks to hand over reins of Head Start to save $2 million



Frederick pulls Head Start funding

Two commissioners advise parents to stay married and stay home to raise their children; staff prepares to lose their jobs March 1



Frederick County officials under fire for 'sexist' comments


February 9, 2011



Women outraged over Frederick commissioners' comments

Two advise parents to stay married; women at home to raise their children

February 10, 2011


Gazette Editorial

The wrong way to privatize


ABC2 (Baltimore)

Head Start cuts in Frederick County come with controversial comments

Commissioners seem to say women should stay home


February 11, 2011


Frederick News Post Letter to the Editor

Smith's remarks about women's roles dismaying



Frederick Head Start parents speak out against funding cut

Federal contractor tells parents the program will continue with as little disruption as possible

Frederick, Md. Residents Express Anger Over County Commissioners


Recent signatures


    1. Can They Save Head Start? A Letter From Frederick County, Maryland

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      When Frederick County, Md. officials voted to cut all funding to the area's Head Start program in January, they didn't count on a movement springing up from local parents, teachers and community members to save the program.
      Local resident Stefanie...

    2. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Update from the Frederick News-Post:

    3. Reached 500 signatures
    4. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Frederick News-Post article has the latest news on the program:

    5. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      The issue has gotten national attention:

    6. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Local man slams county commission's choice to cut Head Start:

    7. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      The Baltimore Sun stands behind the campaign to save Head Start:

    8. Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      Join the Facebook group started to defend Frederick's Head Start program!

    9. Reached 250 signatures
    10. Community Rallies Against Cutting Head Start in Frederick, Maryland

      Carol Scott
      Petition Organizer

      When budgets are slim in Maryland, what's the first thing on the chopping block? Preschool for low-income children.
      Late last month, county commissioners in Frederick, Maryland decided the best way to deal with a budget gap was to stop funding a...

    11. Reached 100 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • Denise Berry FREDERICK, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      As a teacher at Waverley Elementary School, I see first-hand the results and benefits for children of being enrolled in Head Start. Statistics show that these students go on to achieve better in Kindergarten and beyond. Please look thoughtfully at options to fully restore our Frederick County Head Start program.

    • Annie Belle KALAMAZOO, MI
      • over 3 years ago

      How can we, in good conscience, deprive our nation's most valuable children of education?

    • Cassadeena Collazo LAWTON, OK
      • over 3 years ago

      not all families have the education or the resources to educate their children at home. Early Head Start Programs help close the learning gap in low income families. Funds can not be cut!

    • Maggie Corfield-Adams WALKERSVILLE, MD
      • over 3 years ago

      Frederick county has managed, year after year, to obtain high educational standards, even for those students in our schools with high poverty rates. One of the main reasons for the success of those schools is the Head Start program. Children of poverty enter school at a disadvantage, yet these schools have managed to hold their students to the same high standards as the rest of the district. Head Start is imparative for these children if Frederick county wishes to continue to "Leave No Child Behind."

    • Andrew Heugel BREWSTER, NY
      • over 3 years ago

      Yet another penny wise, pound foolish decision that will mortgage our future...


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