93 Fewer Children Able to Participate in Northeast Indiana's Head Start Program

93 Fewer Children Able to Participate in Northeast Indiana's Head Start Program

93 fewer children will be able to participate in Northeast Indiana's Head Start Program this year.
93 fewer children will be able to participate in Northeast Indiana's Head Start Program this year.

Federal spending cuts are reducing the program's budget by more than $300,000.

State-wide, 719 fewer children will be able to participate in the Head Start Program.

About 800 children were enrolled in Head Start last year in Allen, Noble, and Whitley Counties.

Meanwhile, more than 300 children in those counties were on the waitlist to enroll in Head Start and Early Head Start.

"I just think it's a sad thing for children and families when if I'm low income and I cannot afford pre-school and then my child starts below other children who have had that advantage, I think that's a sad thing for kids."

The spending cuts forced the Head Start Program to close at Grace Saint Johns Church.

Several staffing positions have also been cut as a result of a tighter budget.  Nationwide, about 57,000 fewer students will be able to enroll in the program this school year.

Head Start is a nationwide academic program for low income families to prepare children for kindergarten.
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