Head Start sequestration impact in Pinal County

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Head Start has been a national commitment to comprehensive services for low-income children since 1965, but the deep cuts caused by sequestration are closing that window of opportunity.

Pinal Gila Community Child Services was faced with a 5.27 percent budget reduction which resulted in very difficult decisions about cutting services to children, families, and communities. In Pinal County, 57 child slots were cut and 15 staff positions were eliminated. The picture above represents the empty chairs of children who will not be attending preschool this year and the empty office chairs of staff that are no longer able to assist and support our most vulnerable children and families.

/s/ Nikole Buckley and the staff at Pinal Gila Community Child Services Inc.

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