Billionaire Texas couple donates $10 million to keep Head Start programs running
About 7,000 children will once again be able to receive pre-kindergarten services through the Head Start program following a $10 million donation by a Texas couple reportedly worth billions.
NBC News reported on Monday that the philanthropic gesture by Laura and John Arnold will enable seven Head Start centers in six states remain open following their being forced to shutter operations in the wake of the federal government shutdown. John Arnold, a former hedge fund manager, has a personal worth of $2.8 billion, and Laura Arnold is a former oil company executive.
Head Start spokesperson Sally Aman told NBC that the affected branches would be able to reopen on Tuesday, a week after having to close on account of not getting their federal grants as a result of the shutdown.
“We believe that it is especially unfair that young children from underprivileged communities and working families pay the price for the legislature’s collective failures,” the couple was quoted as saying in a statement.
However, Aman also told NBC that the donation will only cover the cost of maintaining the seven Head Start offices open through the end of October.
Watch NBC News’ report on the Arnold’s donation, aired on Monday, below.
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[h/t The Huffington Post]