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Federal Budget Cuts Could Impact Local Head Start Programs

As President, Congress squabble over sequester, area youngsters could lose much needed education programs.

With the President and Congress deadlocked over how to avoid a series of automatic cuts — best known as sequester — by March 1, local youngsters involved in Head Start could soon lose much needed programs.

According to a White House report detailing the impact of sequester in New York, Head Start and Early Head Start services would be eliminated for approximately 4,300 kids across the state. This would reduce access to “critical early education” programs.

The report did not state how many children locally would be impacted.

According to information from the Patchogue-based Long Island Head Start web page, the organization provides programs and services to more than 1,675 local children and their families. Among the services offered are Early Head Start Programs located in Central Brookhaven, Huntington, Islip and Patchogue.

The issue of sequester now being discussed by political leaders in Washington is a series of automatic cuts to defense and non-defense spending over the next three years that will total $85 billion.

The cuts were initially to begin at the start of 2013 but were delayed until March 1 by the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 as the result of an agreement between the President and Congress this past New Year’s Eve.

Patchogue Snoop February 25, 2013 at 09:43 PM
Boo Hoo. I paid for my kids preschool education.
Al 17 February 26, 2013 at 02:32 PM
Don't believe the hype. The President refuses to negotiate a deal to avoid the very thing he and his administration asked for. Sequestration was their idea! Instead, he chooses to campaign around the country and promote fear of the very thing he desired. First of all, they are not cuts. They are reduced spending initatives. The government is still on target to spend more money this year than last year so how can they be considered cuts? The sequester will reduce this year's spending (not budget since the Democrats in the Senate haven't passed one in over 4 years) by 2.4%. And this is supposed to shut down the country? If a family has a weekly amount of $1000 dollars and it was reduced by $24 (thats what the sequester amounts to by ratio) would that automatically put them in the street or do you think they could find a way around such a small reduction and live bascially the same lifestyle with slightly less? Come on people,pay attention and ask some damn questions!
Patchogue Snoop February 26, 2013 at 06:30 PM
well said! It is just the same old liberal lie tactics that we no so well.

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