Some 1,600 fewer children in Illinois
will be served in Head Start programs this school year due to the
federal sequestration, according to the National Head Start Association.
5 percent, across-the-board cut to all Head Start programs in the
country as part of the sequester, which took effect March 1, also means
an estimated 300 Illinois early childhood education jobs will be lost,
the Illinois Head Start Association estimates.
The decrease in federal funding for Illinois' 48 Head Start grantees, which served more than 52,000 students last year, also means the state's various Head Start centers will lose a combined 33,410 days of service.
"It's going to be a rough year," said Illinois Head Start Association's Executive Director Lauri Morrison-Frichtl. Read more »