$800K Spent On Head Start Conference

Gaylord Resort atrium at night

Gaylord Resort atrium at night

Sequestration didn’t stop the federal Head Start program from holding a conference at the Gaylord National Resort in National Harbor, MD. I was just there for CPAC, it’s quite expensive. According to ABC News, the conference cost almost $800,000, and that doesn’t include airfare and lodging for attendees, so no doubt it cost much more.

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Chalk it up to the peculiarities of the sequester. In this case, it’s O.K. to cut classes for kids, but not O.K. to reallocate Training and Technical Assistance funds.

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National Harbor is along the Potomac River, just over the border from Washington, D.C.; it offers hotels, restaurants, shopping and a marina. The Office of Head Start held its second annual “National Birth to Five Leadership Institute” conference at the Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center. Rooms went for $224 per room per night, a rate set by the U.S General Services Administration; according to Kenneth Wolfe, deputy director of Administration for Children & Families’ office of public affairs, the event’s total approved cost was $752,059, not including the cost of the stay, meals and air-fare for the grantees.

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The conference included seminars and lectures focused on teaching parents, educators and administrators to use data to improve programs. Head Start’s mission is to help low-income children from birth to age five develop socially and cognitively before they enter the formal education system. (Read More)

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You didn’t expect them to let the little old sequester get in the way of planning a cradle to grave nanny state, did you?

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