California communities are being forced to cut preschool enrollment and other services for poor children in the wake of cuts to the national Head Start program. We’ll talk about the impact of the federal sequestration cuts on Head Start — and we’ll debate the effectiveness of the program. How well does Head Start prepare disadvantaged kids for kindergarten and beyond?
Lillian Mongeau, early education reporter for EdSource
Rick Mockler, executive director of the California Head Start Association
Russ Whitehurst, director of the Brown Center on Education Policy at the Brookings Institution and former director of the Institute of Education Sciences at the U.S. Department of Education (appointed by President George W. Bush)
Belia Gonzalez, parent of a five-year-old son in Santa Clara County Head Start and member of the executive committee of the Parent Council