57,000 children nationwide, including 1,000 children in Minnesota, will be denied a place in Head Start and Early Head Start due to fallout from the sequester. In addition to a reduction in the number of available spots, Head Start will be forced to:
- Cut 1.3 million days of service
- Provide 18,000 fewer hours of service through shortened school days
- Terminate or reduce salaries of 18,000 employees
Source: Department of Health and Human Services
Head Start and Early Head Start are programs of the United States Department of Health and Human Services and provide comprehensive health, nutrition and education services to low-income children and their families.
Supporters of Head Start say research shows it offers substantial long-term benefits in key areas such as educational achievement while critics argue that Head Start has little or no lasting effects on its participants.