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Published October 17, 2012, 05:58 PM

Head Start program forced to cut some education services

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Lakes and Prairies Head Start program of Clay and Wilkin Counties has been forced to eliminate several educational services after cuts in state and federal funding.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The Lakes and Prairies Head Start program of Clay and Wilkin Counties has been forced to eliminate several educational services after cuts in state and federal funding.

The school serves 258 three and four-year-olds living in poverty or with disabilities across both counties.

The program just lost $83,000 in state funding, forcing it to cut a bus route and 11 students.

Unless congress approves a new federal budget by March of next year, the program could lose up to $350,000 more, because of sequestration, meaning even fewer families served.

Joseph Pederson, Lakes & Prairies Exec. Director: “These are programs that have proven results, results that carry forward for years and that we really need to invest in people.”

Pam Bernstein, Head Start Director: “The whole goal is school readiness so that when a four-year-old who hasn't had some of the advantages or opportunities many of us have had, by the time they get to kindergarten they're ready to succeed.”

If Head Start does lose money from sequestration, another 25 students could be cut from the program.

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