From a reader: "I think that people on the blog may find it interesting to know that at the North Side Head Start meeting the other day (probably happened at the South Side meeting too), we were told that we could no longer ask families for Kleenex, soap, paper towels or baby wipes. As in "no school supply list." They said if we were caught doing this, we would be out of compliance with Head Start and the Federal Government for "soliciting donations." This of course set off an interesting array of commentary from the masses. The kids in my Head Start room come in attire costlier than my attire most days, yet I can't ask them for a box of Kleenex? Another interesting topic of debate was the subject of hand washing. Apparently we are supposed to teach the preschoolers to wash their hands as surgeons would. They are supposed to wash their hands about 7 - 8 times in the 2.5 hour program. (When they enter the room, before breakfast, after breakfast, after being outside, after touching art/sand/water, after going to the bathroom, after touching their nose, before lunch and after lunch). Many of these times we obviously would be washing hands anyway, however, some of these times sanitizer or a baby wipe should be sufficient. However, this is not an option if running water is available. Those in charge of this new rule have obviously not tried to have 20 three year olds wash their hands in one available sink."