CAA's Head Start Program Director Verline Dotson was interviewed by Fox 19 News Reporter Jennifer Grove on Tuesday to comment on how the program is bracing for the automatic federal spending cuts that are scheduled to go into effect this Friday, March 1, if congressional budget talks go into sequester.
When she found out the cuts could go to eight percent, Dotson got out the calculator. By her math, the sequester could result in a $1.9 million dollar cut which she says would likely mean a reduction of 300 students out of their current 3,666. "We know how important and critical these early years are,' Dotson said. 'To have those interrupted because we can't make a decision on the Hill it is quite alarming."
Dotson worries the cuts would have a ripple effect reaching far beyond the classroom to contracted services like buses and food vendors.
She says the waiting game takes an emotional toll on teachers and parents. "Each time we extend it, it just raises the anxiety level even higher."
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