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When President Obama came into office, prospects for education looked promising. The President... spoke of a vested interest in public education and, according to a recent NPR interview, particularly in early childhood education.
However, the past two years have seen enormous drops in funding for pre-kindergarten education. As sequestration on early childhood education began to take hold, Americans saw funding for Head Start and similar programs for young children drop by more than half a billion dollars. According to a Head Start educator in Arkansas, the budget cuts are already having very real and tangible impacts on these programs.
Head Start, a public education preschool and pre-kindergarten program that provides services particularly for children from low-income families, is dealing heavily with the consequences of sequestration on early childhood education – and the cuts keep on coming. For individual Head Start programs, this means losing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of support for each individual program. As a result, those in charge have to make very difficult decisions in order to keep their programs afloat.