Head Start Advocates Take Budget Battle to the Streets, on the Air and to Facebook and Twitter

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National Head Start Chairman goes on NHSA Radio to mobilize supporters

Today BAM Radio Network, the education station, began airing a segment of NHSA Radio aimed at mobilizing Head Start supporters against budget cuts. The program features an interview with National Head Start Chairman Ron Herndon and offers specific steps to be taken to lobby legislators against cuts to Head Start funding. In the segment Herndon encouraged supporters to visit their representatives, write letters and evangelize Head Start to parents and friends. The 10-minute interview is being aired at http://www.nhsa.org. on the RAW Education News Radio channel at http://www.bamradionetwork.com and is being posted on Facebook and Twitter. According to Head Start, over 30,000 messages have already been sent to legislators as a result of their grassroots campaign.

"We have been able to let parents know - to let community members know - and they have contacted members of Congress and have been able to prevent them from either making cuts or other very poorly thought-out decisions regarding Head Start," said Ron Herndon, Chairman of the Board of the National Head Start Association.
"If you don't believe in this history of low income people standing up, stopping very powerful politicians from
harming Head Start over the last 45 years, then just look at the recent events that have occurred thousands of miles away in countries like Tunisia and Egypt, where everyday people got together and organized. Everyday folks have shown there the power of common people."

Like the people in Egypt, the National Head Start Association is pressing their issues on the ground by getting people out of their homes, on the air through online radio and through social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.
"What we are seeing here is probably unprecedented. A new breed of legislators acting on a Tea Party agenda to cut spending no matter what will be facing a new kind of public interest group pressure, fueled and amplified by new media and social media," said Rae Pica, co-founder of BAM Radio Network.

ABOUT NHSA

The National Head Start Association is a private not-for-profit membership organization dedicated exclusively to meeting the needs of Head Start children and their families. It represents more than 900,000 children, 190,000 staff and 2,500 Head Start programs in the United States. The Association provides support for the entire Head Start community by advocating for policies that strengthen services to Head Start children and their families; by providing extensive training and professional development to Head Start staff; and by developing and disseminating research, information and resources that enrich Head Start program delivery.

About RAW Education News Radio

RAW Education News delivers C-SPAN-like education news coverage for a new generation. The program aims to update the public affairs programming model by repackaging government affairs content into a format more suited for a growing audience of educators, advocates, journalists and education leaders with limited time and limited attention. The program is called "RAW" because, like the CSPAN model, the programming emphasizes content over glossy production values. However, unlike C-SPAN, RAW Radio seeks to deliver more substance and less fluff, in less time. The program is distributed across the BAM Radio Network.

About BAM Radio Network

The BAM Radio Network is the largest education radio network for parents, teachers, administrators, advocates, journalists, legislators and all people interested in education-related topics. The network offers 21 channels of education programming available on demand and hosted by the nation's leading educators and advocates. The network is a joint venture between privately held Washington, DC-based Moving & Learning and Los Angeles-based Jackstreet Media Ventures LLC. The programming is produced by Emmy-winning broadcaster and social media strategist Errol St. Clair Smith and distributed through the Affiliate Nanocasting Network.

Exceptional Educational Reporting Team

BAM Radio Network has assembled the heads of the education community's leading associations to bring you the most insightful, accurate, relevant and up-to-date information on the education issues people really care about. The on-air hosts include:

  • Jerlean Daniel, executive director of the National Association for the Education of Young Children
  • Gerald Tirozzi, executive director of the National Association of Secondary School Principals
  • John Micklos, executive editor, International Reading Association
  • Gail Connelly, executive director of the National Association of Elementary School Principals
  • Dan Domenech, executive director of the American Association of School Administrators
  • Yasmina Vinci, executive director of the National Head Start Association
  • Paul Young, president and CEO of the National Afterschool Association
  • John Musso, executive director of the Association of School Business Officials
  • Brian Crowe, executive director/CEO of the National Association of Child Care Professionals
  • Amy Garcia, executive director of the National Association of School Nurses
  • Jodi Grant, executive director of the Afterschool Alliance
  • Linda Geigle, executive director of the National Association for Family Child Care
  • Eric Karolak, executive director of Early Childhood Education Consortium
  • • Linda Smith, executive director of the National Association of Child Care Resource & Referral Agencies
  • Sherry Waugh, president of the National Coalition for Campus Children's Centers
  • Diane Whitehead, executive director of the Association for Childhood Education International

These education advocates are at the center of their respective communities and have their fingers on the pulse of what is going on moment by moment. Their programs are an invaluable resource for reporters, advocates, activists, legislators, analysts, parents, educators, administrators and anyone interested in transforming education.

Insightful Commentary

To bring a wider, richer perspective to listeners, BAM Radio augments its team of expert hosts with a cadre of accomplished journalists who provide insightful commentary. BAM's core of on-air commentators includes Jay Mathews, education columnist with the Washington Post; Debra Viadero, associate editor at Education Week; Lisa Guernsey, Director of New America's Early Education Initiative, former staff writer at the New York Times and contributor to Early Ed Watch; Liz Willen, formerly with Newsday and Bloomberg Markets magazine and currently with the Hechinger Institute; Valerie Strauss, education columnist with the Washington Post; and Ugo Uche of Psychology Today.

Combined, this team of hosts and commentators provides a panoramic perspective and exceptional insight on the education issues of the day.

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