“To get a sense of just how foolish and shortsighted the $85 billion across-the-board sequester cuts are you dont have to look any further than Head Start. The federal governments only pre-K program, Head Start provides comprehensive, high-quality early education and support services to children and their families living in poverty.
‘The results speak for themselves’ said Joel Ryan, executive director of the Washington State Association of Head Start & ECEAP (WSA). ‘The research shows that kids who go through Head Start are more likely to be ready for kindergarten, less likely to need special education services and more likely to graduate from high school.’
All of that adds up to saving money over the long haul. But even before the sequester Head Start was reaching less than half of eligible children in the United States and only 38 percent in Washington. Now, even fewer children will benefit from the program.”
“‘These cuts are happening now,’ said Ryan. ‘A lot of directors have issued lay-off notices to teaching staff and kids are already getting dropped from programs. Thats going to get worse come September. Most of the impact right now is that they are closing programs earlier in the day, or closing earlier in the school year altogether, so families are needing to scramble to find some other place for child care, quoting Greg Kaufmann, Moyers & Company,