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

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


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

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