US health secretary proposes expanding Head Start program

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Posted: Jun 16, 2015 4:23 PM
US health secretary proposes expanding Head Start program

CHICAGO (AP) — President Barack Obama's health secretary has announced proposed revisions to Head Start that would expand the early learning program to a full school day and a full school year.

Sylvia Burwell discussed the future of the early childhood program Tuesday during a visit to Chicago. She says the proposed changes would eliminate about one-third of the regulatory burden on Head Start.

Mayor Rahm Emanuel says that's good news because the system is more complicated than it needs to be.

Illinois has more than 40,000 children in Head Start and Early Head Start, with about half of those children living in the city of Chicago.

Burwell made the remarks at the Nia Family Center in Chicago.

President Lyndon Johnson launched the Head Start program 50 years ago in May.