Re “Head Start boosts the economy as well as kids” (Viewpoints, Sept. 25): Head Start boosts the economy for all of the reasons stated in the op-ed, but it has another very important component: prevention. By enabling low-income children to enter school on par with children whose parents can afford private preschool, Head Start gives them a much better chance to be successful. Let’s put more money into Head Start rather than our prisons, where many will end up if not given a leg up. Congress should not cut funding for this most important program.
Barbara Kistner, Carmichael