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Head Start finishes last due to sequestration

ALBANY -- "We are going to see in this region 2 year olds, 3 year olds and 4 year olds losing access to Head Start and the people who care for those kids are going to lose their jobs, said Raymond Schimmer from the Northern River Family.

Schimmer works with the Schenectady Early Head Start program. The 5 percent cuts he will have to deal with won't start until next year but for some head start programs in Schenectady the cuts have started.

According to Schenectady Community Action Program, executive director Debra Schimpf the Head Start program had to cut 5 positions and eliminate 30 children from the program.

Schimmer told me studies over the last 30 years prove the success of these Head Start programs.

"People go to jail less frequently, they get married more often, they earn more money, their education is much more highly developed than those that don't," said Schimmer.

Cuts to programs like Head Start hurt those who are need help most.

"In order to get into Head Start you have to be below the poverty line. That's $24,050 for a family of four," said Schimmer.
Schimpf said in a statement - "We would like thank the community for their concern and support of our programs and urge people to call their congress members and demand restoration of this funding."

"These consequences are nothing but regrettable. No one is going to benefit from these particular cuts," said Schimmer.
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