Economy

Cuts to Head Start Education Set a Course for Economic Suicide

An event held last week at Rose Elementary School featured a display of 170 empty desks, which represents the number of children in Santa Clara County whose Head Start education was initially cut by the federal sequester.

I recently voted to use $1.2 million of the Santa Clara County Office of Education’s budget to keep 170 low-income children in Head Start programs this school year. The program had been cut due to the federal sequestration. Each dollar put into quality early learning experiences returns at least $7 to society through increased productivity, while also reducing the need for federal assistance and fewer teens/adults entering the criminal justice system.

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Parks’ Value Seen in Economy, Wellness

Local kids take part in warm-up aerobics for the 2012 Recreation Games. Studies show that proximity to parks improves health in young people. (Photo by James P. Reber)

The neighborhood park is often taken for granted as part of the everyday American urban and suburban landscape. The primary value of our parks is economic, but there are also very important health benefits to citizens of all age groups.

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