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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.

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Early childhood budge cuts - The Chicago School Reviews

  1. 1. Early Childhood Education Budget CutsSource: The Chicago School Reviewshttp://thechicagoschoolreviews.com/early-childhood-education-budget-cuts/When President Obama came into office, prospects for education looked promising. The Presidentspoke of a vested interest in public education and, according to a recent NPR interview, particularlyin 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 HeadStart and similar programs for young children drop by more than half a billion dollars. Accordingto a Head Start educator in Arkansas, the budget cuts are already having very real and tangibleimpacts on these programs.Head Start, a public education preschool and pre-kindergarten program that provides servicesparticularly for children from low-income families, is dealing heavily with the consequences ofsequestration on early childhood education – and the cuts keep on coming. For individual Head Startprograms, this means losing tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars of support for each individualprogram. As a result, those in charge have to make very difficult decisions in order to keep theirprograms afloat.The issue with removing funding from programs like Head Start is that they are not just places forparents to leave their young children during the workday. The idea behind Head Start is thecreation of an enriching environment that makes up for what low-income families are unable toprovide for their children due to income and time restraints. Head Start is a multifaceted programthat, according to its mission statement, provides “educational, health, nutritional, social and otherservices” to adequately prepare young children from low-income families to be active members ofa classroom.Early childhood education programs like Head Start are doing their best to make cuts withoutreducing the quality of the services they provide. Because the budget cuts do allow individualprograms to decide how they want to deal with the decreases in funding, Head Start programmanagers are making some difficult decisions with the knowledge that they are affecting not onlyindividual children but whole families as well.Some programs have had to choose students at random through a lottery system to unenroll fromits programs, leaving parents, many of whom work full days, to find sometimes-pricy alternatives fortheir children. Other Head Start programs have opted to keep everyone enrolled but end the schoolyear anywhere from two weeks to two months early, depending on how long they can afford to keepthe program going. Closing early, according to a Head Start program director, will have extremelynegative consequences for some of these families, effectively removing a safety net from underthem.For more information about sequestration on early childhood education please visit the followingsources:http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/03/21/head-start-sequestration_n_2925014.htmlhttp://www.npr.org/2013/05/06/181601022/failed-promises-for-early-education-programs

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