Budget cuts impact real people, and some cuts never heal. Sequestration has already slashed education funding and Head Start programs by nearly $3 billion. Cutting early childhood programs, such as Head Start, for the most vulnerable children means cutting these students’ chances to enter elementary school ready to learn and condemns many to a lifetime of playing catch-up with their more affluent peers.
The consequences of across-the-board cuts to students and schools are devastating:
- Already, 57,000 children have lost seats in Head Start classes and the opportunity to be ready to begin school
- Class sizes are ballooning
- Important programs and services, like afterschool programs that are especially critical for students most in need of extra help, are being cut
- Professionals like reading specialists, paraprofessionals and counselors have had jobs eliminated, meaning less individual attention to students who need it
Share your story. Tell us how sequester budget cuts are affecting your students, your children, you and your local schools. Make sure Congress hears your voice and knows you will hold them accountable.