Bear River Head Start facing delays, cuts from sequestration

Many people consider Head Start to be the flagship federal program because its purpose is to help disadvantaged children and families. But Head Start has been hit hard by the federal sequester plan, according to Kami Christensen, community relations specialist with Bear River Head Start.

Christensen says among the many changes is the starting time for Head Start which will be two weeks later than normal this year.

“Some of the other changes that will affect this year is our Early Head Start program, which is a 12 month program,” Christensen said on <a href=”http://610kvnu.com/assets/podcaster/328/2013_05_20_328_11018_2867.mp3″ target=”_blank”>KVNU’s Crosstalk program Monday</a>. “Luckily that will remain a 12 month program; there had been some talks about cutting it to a nine month program.

“They will take one week ‘vacation,’ I guess we could call it, a one week sabbatical from services during the month of July. Our Child Care Connection program, which serves children in child care full time, will be off for three weeks in the month of July.”

Christensen said Bear River Head Start is doing all it can to meet the challenges and the agency will be looking for donations and volunteers to help make up the difference.

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