WHEREAS, wide disparities of inequality and inequity still exist and negatively affect many of America's children, especially children of minority status; and
WHEREAS, these children are often subjected to a wide array of "at-risk" factors and circumstances; and
WHEREAS, the Head Start Program is very inclusive and comprehensive, addressing such needs as early childhood education, health services, nutrition, social development, family life quality and the importance of parent involvement in the educational careers of children; and
WHEREAS, during the recent Presidential Campaign, now President George W. Bush proposed moving the Head Start Program from the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) to the Department of Education.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED, that the NAACP join with the National Head Start Association in opposing the transfer of Head Start's oversight, administration and review to the Department of Education since indicators of such a transfer suggest that the comprehensive character and program focus of the Head Start Program would loose its identity and effectiveness under the Department of Education.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the NAACP endorse the strengthening of the Head Start Program under DHHS and that the NAACP further reaffirm its confidence in the DHHS which has the ability and history to move the Head Start Program forward in this New Century.