Federal budget cuts are preventing 57,000 children from attending Head Start programs.
Due to the $85 million federal budget cuts, 51,299 children won’t be able to attend the Head Start programs and 5,966 toddlers won’t be attending the Early Head Start programs this year. 57,000 children cut from the programs is actually better than the 70,000 analyst were expecting. Head Start programs across the country are being affected by the budget cuts. Thousands of head Start programs are cutting the amount of days that they will operate, cutting an estimated 1.3 million days of school. Some of the programs have had to cut back staff and hours offered, which will affect about 18,000 Head Start employees. The government spends $8 million a year on the Head Start programs, which have about 1 million children enrolled in them, reports CNNMoney.
The Head Start programs lost around $400 million due to the federal budget cuts. This is the largest cut to the program since is was created in 1965.
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