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Local children are not cut under Head Start funding problem

3 years 2 months 5 days ago August 19, 2013 Aug 19, 2013 Monday, August 19 2013 August 19, 2013 9:33 PM in News
Source: WBRZ, Associated Press
By: Trey Schmaltz

BATON ROUGE- There are few implications in the Capital City region from government cuts that are forcing thousands of children out of Head Start programs this school year.

The federal government says 57,265 fewer children across the country will participate because of automatic cuts put in place after Congress and the White House failed to agree on a plan to reduce the federal budget deficit.

1,500 kids in Louisiana lost access. But, none in our area since Head Start is using extra money to cover the federal cuts.

Federal officials say 18,000 Head Start staff members will see their pay cut or will lose their jobs because of the automatic cuts. Head Start centers also will reduce their hours and the number of days they are open.

Head Start programs help prepare low-income children for elementary school, feed them and provide them with health care. The Office of Head Start says more than a million children are served by the programs each year.
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