Head Start California is saddened by the passing of U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, a leader whose legacy will forever resonate across our nation, throughout California, and within the Head Start community. Senator Feinstein’s unwavering support for Head Start was a testament to her dedication to enriching the lives of at-risk children and families nationwide.

Among her most notable contributions to Head Start, Senator Feinstein introduced the bipartisan Loan Forgiveness for Head Start Teachers Act of 2007, a visionary proposal that aimed to ease the burden on educators dedicated to shaping the future of our children. Additionally, she co-sponsored the Head Start on Vaccinations Act in 2015, a landmark bill that would mandate vaccinations for all children attending Head Start and Early Head Start programs, promoting the health and well-being of our most vulnerable families.

Melanee Cottrill, Executive Director of Head Start California, expressed her heartfelt appreciation, stating, “Senator Feinstein was a fierce advocate for the underprivileged, and a relentless champion for the betterment of children, families, and educators alike. Her enduring impact on our Head Start community and early childhood education will forever be remembered. Our thoughts and condolences are with her family during this difficult time.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein’s legacy as a supporter of Head Start will continue to inspire our mission, as we strive to provide the best possible opportunities for the children and families we serve.

Finally, we are heartened to learn of Laphonza Butler’s appointment to the U.S. Senate and look forward to her continuing the legacy of support for Head Start. We also extend our gratitude to Senator Alex Padilla for his contributions in this regard.


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