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Sequester Could Mean Programs Cut for 2,000 MI Kids

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LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - According to the White Houses' figures, as many as 700,000 children could lose access to Head Start and Early Head Start prorgams. In Michigan, those prorgams could be slashed for nearly 2,000 kids.

According to figures out of the White House, Michigan could see $150 million of federal funding slashed if the so called sequester isn't averted.

"I am very worried about the impact this could have on our families, on my staff and on the community in general," said Beth Garcia, with the Grand River Head Start program.

192 kids are enrolled at the program in Lansing. What they do inside, stretches far beyond just teaching these children to read. They offer a lifeline to struggling families.

"It means the comprehensive services like dental and physical check ups," said Robin Bozek with the Michigan Head Start Association. "It also allows the families who work with social workers to get out of poverty to look for a job or get off assistance and all of that would be gone to."

A potential 5 percent cut to Head Start Programs means around 150 children could be affected across Clinton, Ingham, Shiawassee and Eaton County.

"It won't be replaced by just finding another spot or sending them to a public preschool because in Head Start, it's not just about the academic, it's about treating the whole child and the comprehensive services and they wouldn't get if they just find another place for these children," said Bozek.

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