In his May 3 op-ed, “Scare tactics didn’t work,” Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) accused President Obama of conducting a “ ‘sequester’ scare campaign.” Yet the senator — and all of us — should have been scared already, because the consequences suffered by our nation’s poor children are far scarier than delayed flights.
By the end of the year, an estimated 70,000 preschoolers will lose places in Head Start. Head Start isn’t simply day care. It’s a specialized education program for preschoolers in need. Parents learn the difference between discipline and abuse. Teachers monitor kids for malnutrition. Children learn their letters, but also respect and love.