Child Start http://kmuw.org en Sequester Cuts 440 Fewer Kids In State Head Start Programs, 74 Fewer Spots In Wichita http://kmuw.org/post/sequester-cuts-440-fewer-kids-state-head-start-programs-74-fewer-spots-wichita <p>The Kansas Head Start Association says 440 fewer children will be able to participate in its programs because of sequester cuts.</p><p>Before the federal budget cuts took effect earlier this year, <a href="http://www.ksheadstart.org/">Kansas Head Start programs</a> had more than 9,000 slots for children from low-income families. The sequester this year reduced Head Start's budget by over 5 percent.</p><p>Head Start is designed to combat poverty by offering preschool education, improving early-childhood nutrition and well-being, and encouraging parent involvement.</p> Thu, 29 Aug 2013 18:43:34 +0000 Kate Clause & Associated Press 22673 at http://kmuw.org