The leader of the Mississippi Head Start Association says he believes the federal preschool program will remain intact, despite control being shifted to some states.
Arvern Moore of Holly Springs said he was "disappointed" by Thursday's 217 to 216 in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Moore called it an attempt to dismantle Head Start.
Supporters say the bill would give flexibility to eight states, not including Mississippi.
Cong. Chip Pickering of Mississippi's Third District, who voted for the plan, said the legislation will increase funding for Head Start.