Rocco Basile

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It is demoralizing to be told that Head Start, the federal early-education program for children from low-income households, is facing budget slashes while Congress trims spending to reduce the nation's deficit in order to accommodate President Obama's 2011 budget request of $8.2 billion. The New York Times implies that even if with such cutbacks, the deficit gaps will hardly ever be closed.

And this is happening even as individuals like Senator Lisa Murkowski, who is a Republican from Alaska, is receiving an award for her long assistance for the Head Start. And people just like Rocco Basile, chairman of the board of Brooklyn, New York-based charity known as Children of the City, is also soon to get a recognition for supporting the educational needs and combating the social challenges of underprivileged children in Brooklyn communities.

Since its creation in 1965, Head Start had the intention of providing preschool education and some forms of health care for children 3-4 years of age while their parents work or go to school; it's because of this that Head Start grew to become a favorite for supporters of children and the poor.

As shown by research, children enrolled in the program did better socially and also academically compared to their counterparts who didn't complete the Head Start program. The kids also generally have reduced high school dropout rates.

On the other hand, it was found out that when the students hit the first grade, the initial test score benefits tend to fade out, this is by far the major reason why budget reductions were experienced by the program.

In much the same, fantastic results serving the underprivileged children in Sunset Park, Brooklyn were found for the Children of the City. The organization's effective After School program model has been utilized by other organizations all through New York City. The services of Children of the City, additionally, has involved areas in life skills training, financial and career guidance, counseling and mentorship not to mention, educational support.

The District Attorney Charles J. Hynes, in September 2010, honored Rocco Basile for his unending service for the Children of the City's charitable endeavors. He has exemplified what a person can do when provided with a second chance in life - second chances are rare in this lifetime.

And on April 28, 2011, at the 3rd Annual Dinner Gala benefiting the Children of the City, Rocco Basile
will once again be honored; but this time around, his accolade will already be the much coveted "Man of the Year."
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Rocco Basile
supports the betterment in education of our youth. That's why he's on the Boards of the Joe DiMaggio Committee and Children of the City.

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This article was published on 2011/04/08