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
The wrong way to privatize
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
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