posted on May 03, 2013 14:17
Due to sequestration, Head Start and Early Head Start programs across the country will soon be faced with a 5% cut in their budgets. Nationally, programs could potentially see enrollment decrease by 70,000 children. In Indiana, 1000 children could lose the opportunity to attend Head Start or Early Head Start. There are currently over 15,400 children enrolled in our state.
The Office of Head Start has encouraged programs to start developing plans to deal with the cuts. Programs may be ending the year early. They may be cutting the days of service in a week. They may delay start up at the beginning of the new program year. Most importantly, Head Start and Early Head Start programs may begin to cut the numbers of children and families they will serve.
Programs will soon be notified by their Regional Offices as to the updated amount of their FY 2013 grant. Many programs are already in the FY 2013 grant year and this will make the impact of the cuts even more severe, as part of their current grant has already been spent. Although 5% does not sound like a large amount, when programs begin to cut into the budget, the impact will be much larger.