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Head Start Double Whammy
By HastingsGroup
Jun 19, 2008, 06:20 PST



OFFICIALS TO WARN THAT THOUSANDS OF HEAD START CHILDREN TO BE CUT FROM PROGRAM UNDER “DOUBLE WHAMMY” OF DECEMBER BUDGET CUT, LACK OF SUPPLEMENTAL BILL FIX

Despite Outstanding Track Record of Program, Head Start Officials Bracing for Worst Under Cuts; However, Advocates Look Forward to Resolving Budget Crisis Under New Administration, Congress.

Now that Congress and the Bush Administration have let down America’s most at-risk children twice in the space of roughly six months, Head Start leaders from across the nation will have no choice but to cut several thousand Head Start classroom slots.

The Head Start program was cut in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2008 budget, and federal lawmakers then failed in the supplemental appropriations process to restore those funds or any portion of the $1 billion in effective program cuts that have accumulated since FY 2002. As a result, local Head Start programs – many of which already have shrunk dramatically in the face of years of cutbacks and other scrimping to cut corners – now will be forced to take the final remaining option: cutting several thousand Head Start classroom slots.

Despite the experience of recent months, Head Start leaders will emphasize that they remain enthusiastic about the prospect of working with a new President and Congress to restore Head Start funding to its proper levels.




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