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

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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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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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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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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.

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

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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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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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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.

Tim-
Yep, damn Congress for approving all that spending...
 

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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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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.
Wait....you have had your kid in private school, he apparently is average, did not get head start.....and this is an argument against head start?


This seems like another tale of not being able to get SNAP benefits....because you were self employed.......at least that is what you claimed Georgia told you.

This is why I try not to reveal too much about myself, both from it boomeranging back on credibility and from it telling too many personal details.
 

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I just want to say hi to everyone before every potential idiot comes in with a random "damn Republicans" comment.

They blamed sequestration on Republicans before - this is the chance for them to do it again.

Think of it as a census for morons.
 

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

Stop the ****ing presses!

People are going to have to pay to take care of their own kids?

What monster instituted such a barbaric policy?

Didn't anyone tell them that there's a middle class that can be fleeced to pay for the needs of the poor?

This country is going to hell in a handbasket I tell you!
 

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So we shouldn't educate our young? Go back to the days when only the elite could afford an education?
This is a daycare program disguised as a schooling program...
 

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So we shouldn't educate our young? Go back to the days when only the elite could afford an education?
Sure we should and everyone has the opportunity to get into school at about 5 years of age. Head Start wasn't about education, it was about day care with a thin veneer of "help the children" pasted on it.
 

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How did we ever get by without all the freebies? I attended public schools from 1952 to 1964. We made our own breakfast before going to school, and packed lunches in paper bags to take with us.
There were no before or after school programs, either.

The current crop of kids have all kinds of programs, and still the average High School student of today is ignorant.
 

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Wait....you have had your kid in private school, he apparently is average, did not get head start.....and this is an argument against head start?
We could not get Head Start, we thought he was ready for school anyway and a private Christian school took him. He was there for a couple of years and then transfered to public school. His grade level went with him, so we got around the age requirement thru advancement, otherwise he would be in 6th grade now instead of 7th.

See, this is why I don't have to worry about what I talk about online. I don't have to remember what I told somebody because I tell the truth and the truth is always the same. And I don't know if there have been changes to unemployment and food stamp programs since then, it was 4 years ago IIRC.
 

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We could not get Head Start, we thought he was ready for school anyway and a private Christian school took him. He was there for a couple of years and then transfered to public school. His grade level went with him, so we got around the age requirement thru advancement, otherwise he would be in 6th grade now instead of 7th.
LOL.....whatever dude, you left a lot out...and you still have not made a point against head start.

See, this is why I don't have to worry about what I talk about online. I don't have to remember what I told somebody because I tell the truth and the truth is always the same. And I don't know if there have been changes to unemployment and food stamp programs since then, it was 4 years ago if I remember correctly.
you don't have to remember....if you remember correctly.

OK!
 

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Sure we should and everyone has the opportunity to get into school at about 5 years of age. Head Start wasn't about education, it was about day care with a thin veneer of "help the children" pasted on it.
My parents once thought much the same of kindergarten and as such I never went to it, nor did any of my other siblings. Yet everyone accepts kindergarten as being helpful now.
 

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Who said that? He didn't.
There are many people that believe that the government should get rid of public schooling altogether. While I don't know if JayDubya is of that mind his statement reads towards that inclination.
 
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