Government officials, corporate executives, and church leaders met in Muskegon, Michigan, in early February to kick off a new cooperative effort to aid children. The program, called Love for Children, will match church members affiliated with World Vision with local government-funded Head Start projects to work with needy preschoolers.
In the joint-venture formula, government puts up the money, with the aid of a $1.3 million grant by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, and the church supplies the workers. Over the next five years, Love for Children will be launched in 26 Great Lakes cities. Proponents say it could eventually become a national model.
Wade Horn, commissioner of the federal Head Start program, was on hand to give George Bush’s blessing to the new venture, which was announced just weeks after the President pushed children’s issues during his State of the Union address. Bush announced plans to increase Head Start’s budget by an unprecedented $600 million to $2.8 billion, enabling an estimated 780,000 preschoolers to enroll in Head Start social-skills training programs in 1993.
Horn—a member of the Presbyterian Church (USA), a psychologist, and a self-proclaimed fan of Focus on the Family’s James Dobson—admits he is glad to see the attention politicians are giving children. CHRISTIANITY TODAY asked Horn about Bush’s stand on children’s issues and about the future of America’s families.
Is Bush suddenly jumping on the bandwagon of children’s issues during an election year?
Several honorable senators would like us to believe that this is kind of a Johnny-come-lately thing. But the President has always supported strong funding for Head Start. He proposed $250 million in increased funding in 1990 and $500 million in 1991. If ...1
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