Vermont Head Start Programs Cut Service
Vermont's Head Start programs will serve fewer needy children this year following the mandatory federal budget cuts known as sequestration.
Ben Allen is Head Start collaborator for the state, and says Vermont's seven Head Start programs will be getting $800,000 less this year. That means the program has had to cut 15 teaching and seven home visit positions and will serve 199 fewer needy children and their families with services such as health and dental care referrals.
The state had more than 1,500 spaces for children and pregnant women in their programs in September 2012. The Times Argus reports that that number will drop to just under 1,400 next month.