Both of Maine’s U.S. Senators, Susan Collins and Angus King, deserve recognition for their work to secure more than $5 million in federal funding for Community Concept Inc.’s Head Start and Early Head Start programs in Oxford and Franklin counties, and for understanding the benefits of investing early in some of Maine’s youngest and most vulnerable children.

As members of law enforcement, we regularly witness the positive impact of these quality early education programs, especially for Maine’s at-risk children, and we value them as a powerful crime prevention strategy.

Early learning programs such as Head Start and Early Head Start lay the groundwork for the future social, emotional and cognitive learning of our youth. Kids benefit immensely from the solid foundation these programs offer and the skills they teach. Studies show that children who participate in high-quality early learning programs are more likely to do well in school and finish high school, and are less likely to be involved in crime as teens and adults.

Sens. Collins and King recognize the value of these programs. Their impact and benefits last a lifetime, keep our communities safe and, most importantly, give many of our youth a better chance at a positive and successful future that does not include crime.

Wayne Gallant, Oxford County Sheriff

Scott Nichols, Franklin County Sheriff

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