Saturday, August 24, 2013

MinnPost: Sequestration cuts about 1,000 children from Head Start in Minnesota

By Cynthia Boyd

That low, plaintive sound you hear is the sound of early learning advocates across the state lamenting cuts in the federal Head Start program.

And that high-pitched tweet from Children’s Defense Fund-Minnesota signals a widespread call to action: “Call your congressperson and say #BeCarefulWhatYouCut.” 

Nearly 1,000 Minnesota children from low-income families as well as almost 60,000 other needy youngsters from across the country apparently won’t be served this school year by Head Start, the early learning program designed to help prepare them for kindergarten.

Lay the cause at the feet of Congress and the federal sequester, which forces budget cuts.