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Sequestration Could Cut Head Start Funding

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GEORGETOWN, Del.- The clock is ticking in Washington.  Congress has until Friday to come to a compromise on sequestration. Sequestration are those automatic spending cuts set to expire.

If the cuts go through, several programs impacting the low-income population could be drastically cut.  One of those programs impacting Delaware is Head Start and Early Head Start.

"I don't know where the children and the families would be today if they did not have an early childhood program at Head Start," said Nichole Smith, center director at Telamon Early Childhood Center in Georgetown.

Smith said if Congress does not act soon, Telamon, made up of 13 centers in Kent and Sussex counties, could lose funding.  In fact, sequestration would force the agency out of eight percent of it's funding, or more than $460,000.  Seventy-two students would be cut from the program and 11 staff members that include teachers and bus drivers, would lose their jobs.

"We do need cuts, obviously to balance the budget," said Rosemarie Tell, a teacher at Telamon.

Tell says Congress needs to prioritize where cuts come from. Education isn't one of those places. Others agree.

"Congress should take some (money from places) that may have an abundance of funds and just disperse it to where they need it," said Devonne Sands, Dover.

"I'm worried about my job too but we have to worry about the families. In the back of my mind, I'm hoping and praying that Congress pulls through and realizes education has got to be number one," said Tell.

Tell encourages everyone to contact his or her Congressional representative about the proposed cuts to education.

"Please let your voice be heard because the more people that let their congressman know, they will realize that it does make a difference," Tell said.

Tell and others agree that education should not be part of sequestration cuts.

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