Moultrie Observer

Education

February 27, 2013

Official: Cuts won't hit teachers at Head Start

MOULTRIE — Sequestration cuts would not directly affect the number of teachers or students in the Head Start program here, according to the program’s director.

A 5.1 percent cut would be met by ordering less supplies and means other than cutting teachers and students.

“We’re lookiing at cutting without impacting them,” said Ramona Codling, Head Start director at the Southwest Georgia Community Action Councill in Moultrie.

The CAC is reponsible for the program in 18 counties in southwest Georgia. There are 2,443 students enrolled.

Colquitt County has 191 of those children who attend the Head Start Center in the old Culbertson school building. There are 10 teachers employed at the center.

Codling said the CAC has been preparing for the cutback for the last four months.

The cuts go into effect on Friday if Congress fails to act to stem automatic cuts  to the federal budget.

In 2011 the federal budget allocated $8.1 biliion for the HeadStart program nationwide of which 85 percent of the money is earmarked for direct services and 15 percent for administrative services.

Head Start provides early childhood education for low-income families. It is one of the longest-running programs designed to address systemic poverty in the U.S. It came into effect in 1965 under Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society, which declared war on poverty. Head Start began as an eight-week summer program.

 

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