Statement: PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell on Head Start Program Grant

Statement: PGCPS CEO Kevin Maxwell on Head Start Program Grant

August 18, 2016
For Immediate Release
CONTACT:
Office of Communications
301-952-6001

On Monday, August 15, Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) and the Prince George’s County Board of Education received notice from the Administration for Children and Families that our Head Start program grant would be terminated for the 2016-17 school year.

We are working with the Administration for Children and Families regarding options.

Nonetheless, we are deeply troubled by the circumstances that led to this decision. A handful of people used unacceptably poor judgment that compromised children’s learning environments, their personal well-being, and a program that has positively impacted countless lives in Prince George’s County.

Our first and foremost goal is to ensure that Head Start children continue to receive educational, health and nutrition services, as scheduled to begin Monday, August 29.

To our parents with children enrolled in Head Start and throughout the system, please let me state in no uncertain terms: These incidents are completely unacceptable. They betray the confidence that you place in our schools. There is no room in Prince George’s County Public Schools for individuals who do not treat our students with compassion, with care, and with concern for their complete well-being. They will be held accountable to the fullest extent.

We regret the anxiety and confusion that these circumstances have caused. We can do better, and we will.

 


El lunes, 15 de agosto de 2016, las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George (PGCPS) y la Junta de Educación del Condado de Prince George recibieron una notificación de parte de la Administración para Niños y Familias. Esta notificación nos informó de que no se concederán las subvenciones destinadas a nuestro programa Head Start para el año escolar 2016-17.

Estamos colaborando con la Administración para Niños y Familias con respecto a las opciones que tenemos ante esta situación.

No obstante, nos inquietan profundamente las circunstancias que produjeron esta decisión. Algunos individuos actuaron con un juicio inaceptable que perjudicó el entorno de aprendizaje de los niños, el bienestar personal y este programa, que ha influido de forma positiva en innumerables vidas en el Condado de Prince George.

Nuestro objetivo primordial es garantizar que los niños que participan en el programa Head Start sigan beneficiándose de los servicios educativos, nutricionales, y sanitarios, los cuales están programados para dar inicio el 29 de agosto.

Me dirijo a los padres con niños matriculados en Head Start y en todo el sistema escolar al afirmar claramente que estos incidentes son totalmente inaceptables. Se abusan de la confianza que ustedes han depositado en nuestras escuelas. No hay lugar en las Escuelas Públicas del Condado de Prince George para personas que no traten a nuestros estudiantes con compasión, atención, y preocupación por su bienestar total. Tomaremos todas las medidas que estén a nuestro alcance con el fin de obligar a estas personas a rendir cuentas.


Lamentamos la ansiedad y confusión causadas por esta situación. Podemos servir mejor a nuestros estudiantes, y lo lograremos.

 

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Prince George's County Public Schools (PGCPS), one of the nation's 25 largest school districts, has 208 schools and centers, more than 130,000 students and nearly 19,000 employees. Under the leadership of Chief Executive Officer Dr. Kevin M. Maxwell, the school system serves a diverse student population from urban, suburban and rural communities located in the Washington, DC suburbs. PGCPS is nationally recognized for innovative programs and initiatives that provide students with unique learning opportunities, including arts integration, environmental and financial literacy, and language immersion.