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    Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    WASHINGTON -- Head Start, the federal pre-K education service for low-income families, has eliminated services for more than 57,000 children in the coming school year as a result of the federal budget reductions known as sequestration.
    The cuts include a shorter school year and shorter school days, as well as laying off or reducing the pay for more than 18,000 employees nationwide. Others eliminated medical and dental screenings and bus routes.


    All told, 57,265 children (nearly 6,000 of whom attend Early Head Start) saw their services eliminated, according to data provided to The Huffington Post by HHS. The state to take the biggest hit was California, where 5,611 Head Start kids were denied a spot in the program. In Texas, that number was 4,410. In New York it was 3,847. But underscoring just how widespread the effects of sequestration have been felt, even smaller states were impacted. In North Dakota, Head Start eliminated 194 slots in its program. In Rhode Island, it cut 450 positions. Even in far-flung Hawaii, 72 Head Starts slots were slashed.
    Head Start is best known for providing preschool to low-income students, but it supplies many of its 960,000 children with two hot meals a day, transportation to and from school and basic medical care. When these services are eliminated, it also affects parents, who often must find difficult-to-afford day care services or take off days of work to tend to their children. HHS data says that Head Start will have administered 1,342,015 fewer days of service nationwide because of sequestration cuts.


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    And yet it seems that the poor will be paying for the mess...


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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post
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    And yet it seems that the poor will be paying for the mess... [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Just another example of where the governments real priorities are..


    Of all the things they can cut they decide to do this..

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Just another example of where the governments real priorities are..


    Of all the things they can cut they decide to do this..

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    Yup, and Obama had the opportunity to avoid it but didn't so he could blame it on Republicans.

    The article mentions the hardship on parents such as day care and loss of meal programs. But didn't these conditions all exist before Head Start? And then there is the evidence that by the 3rd or 4th grade any advancements made because of Head Start are no longer measurable. So if what we are complaining about is the federal government no longer providing day care and meals for kids who would still be at home with their parents were it not for this overblown day care subsidy, then the complaints start to look like whining about not having the nanny state to take care of their kids.

    When my son was 4 we applied for Head Start. He was already reading and we felt being in school would be an advantage for him. He did not qualify because we made too much and were not minorities. He is now 12 in 7th grade and no longer shows an advantage over his classmates. We got him in to a private school at 4 years old. The original reason he was not accepted in to public school at that point was because he missed the age cuttoff date... by less than a week.

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Quote Originally Posted by tech30528 View Post
    Yup, and Obama had the opportunity to avoid it but didn't so he could blame it on Republicans.

    The article mentions the hardship on parents such as day care and loss of meal programs. But didn't these conditions all exist before Head Start? And then there is the evidence that by the 3rd or 4th grade any advancements made because of Head Start are no longer measurable. So if what we are complaining about is the federal government no longer providing day care and meals for kids who would still be at home with their parents were it not for this overblown day care subsidy, then the complaints start to look like whining about not having the nanny state to take care of their kids.

    When my son was 4 we applied for Head Start. He was already reading and we felt being in school would be an advantage for him. He did not qualify because we made too much and were not minorities. He is now 12 in 7th grade and no longer shows an advantage over his classmates. We got him in to a private school at 4 years old. The original reason he was not accepted in to public school at that point was because he missed the age cuttoff date... by less than a week.
    Yup, but 20 billion to Obama's green programs is a must! Add the 1.7 trillion on all the bailouts, QE I. II, and soon to be III, TARP, and whatever else they wasted away.

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Yup, but 20 billion to Obama's green programs is a must! Add the 1.7 trillion on all the bailouts, QE I. II, and soon to be III, TARP, and whatever else they wasted away.

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    Good point. I'd like to know how much was given to each of these green energy companies, how many jobs were created and how many are still operating. To me it looks like laundering money for contributors.

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    It has nothing to do with sequestration. The administration decided that Head Start it among it's lowest priorities.

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Quote Originally Posted by TheDemSocialist View Post

    And yet it seems that the poor will be paying for the mess... [/FONT][/COLOR]
    Getting less free stuff isn't exactly "paying" for the mess. The academic boost by Headtstart is lost by middle school, so it isn't like it is a huge price being paid even if they eliminated the whole thing other than, you know, free babysitting.

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Whatever percentage was cut from this program due to sequestration is less than the 100% that should be cut from the program.

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Quote Originally Posted by Hicup View Post
    Yup, but 20 billion to Obama's green programs is a must! Add the 1.7 trillion on all the bailouts, QE I. II, and soon to be III, TARP, and whatever else they wasted away.

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    Re: Head Start Cuts Services For More Than 57,000 Children Due To Sequestration

    Quote Originally Posted by JayDubya View Post
    Whatever percentage was cut from this program due to sequestration is less than the 100% that should be cut from the program.
    So we shouldn't educate our young? Go back to the days when only the elite could afford an education?
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