Head Start calls attention to sequester impact

A number of Head Start centers Friday presented Senator Mike Johanns local office children's artwork (hand print murals) to call attention to the devastating cuts made by the federal budget sequester to the local Head Start program.

Sarah Ochoa, Director of Child Development Services at
Community Action Partnership of Western Nebraska, says the 5.2% cut will reduce funding by $180,000 locally, causing programs to close early, eliminating slots for children and the furloughing of staff.

Ochoa says the reductions came well into the fiscal year, effectively doubling the impact

Ochoa says CAPWN is proposing closing two of their Head Start sites, reducing 11 children in their migrant seasonal program, taking two weeks off their regular nine month program, and furloughing 15 people in their full year program five weeks during the summer.

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