Nightly News   |  October 07, 2013

Billionaire philanthropists give $10 million to Head Start

The extraordinary donation from Laura and John Arnold of Houston, Texas will help fund the government program that prepares young kids for school. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> two american philanthropists are stepping in and doing what the government is not. their private foundation is providing up to $10 million in emergency funding for headstart programs in six states which will allow about 7,000 low income kids to get back to the classroom. this extraordinary offer comes from laura and john arnold of houston, texas. she's an attorney and former oil company executive. he is an investor. in a statement they said they believe it is especially unfair that young children from under privileged communities and working families are paying if price for the shutdown. they hope government gets back to the work soon.