About forty percent of the children eligible for head start programs in Lane County can’t get in. Today (Tuesday), Oregon Senator Jeff Merkley visited a head start center in Eugene. While there, he criticized cuts to early childhood education in a recent U.S. senate budget.
At the Whiteaker Head Start Center a classroom of pre-kindergarteners welcome Senator Merkley with a song.
(kids and teacher sing:”Mr. Merkley’s here today! We’ll all clap our hands because Mr. Merkley’s here today!”)
Then, he sits in a little chair with a classic children’s book.