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Sequester Impacting Head Start Programs

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By Brittany Cooper

Twin Falls, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV ) The sequester is also impacting our children's education. According to the White House, Head Start and Early Head Start Services would be eliminated for approximately 200 children in Idaho. This reduces the access to critical early education.

Idaho's First News spoke with the director of the CSI Head Start, Early Head Start program Sunday afternoon.

They're looking at a 300–thousand dollar cut to the program out of a 7–million dollar grant. And they'll do everything possible to not disrupt the services to the current families.

He says but next year, they're looking at options such as student reduction and providing more days with fewer children. The sequester though didn't take him by surprise.

"It's not like it's going away. It's here. I don't hold out any hope that the funding is going to come back. You can either sit and wish or you can take the situation and say how can we make this work to our advantage, how can we improve what we're doing," says Mancole Fedder, Director, CSI Head Start, Early Head Start.

The CSI program services 673 children from Hagerman to American Falls. There are approximately 130 staff members.


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