Sequestration Cutting Head Start Programs


The federal Pre-K education service for low-income families, known as Head Start, has eliminated services for more than fifty-seven-thousand children in the coming school year. This is a result of the federal budget reductions or sequestration. The cuts include a shorter school year and shorter school days, as well as laying off or reducing the pay for more than eighteen-thousand employees nationwide. Others eliminated medical and dental screenings and bus routes. According to data provided to the Huffington Post, California took the biggest hit, where nearly six-thousand Head Start kids were denied a spot in the program. Other states that have been greatly affected by the Head Start Program cuts include: Texas, New York, North Dakota, Rhode Island, and Hawaii. Keep tuned to News on WAND-TV for the latest on how this sequestration is affecting local Head Start programs.

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