The National Head Start Association is encouraging Head Start programs across the entire country to display empty chairs to represent the number of slots cut due to the federal budget sequester.
The Bryan Times reports that Pulaski Head Start, serving Defiance, Fulton, Henry, Paulding and Williams counties, had 34 empty chairs set up on Wednesday, representing the number of children who will not be getting preschool services in our area this year.
The local Head Start’s budget was cut by over 5 percent, or $160,845. Because of the cuts, 34 children will not receive services across the five counties and four staff members lost their jobs. Seventeen of those students cut were in Williams County.