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QPS: Sequester would cripple Head Start program


Early childhood education for dozens of low income families in Quincy is in jeopardy if a deal isn't reached in a federal spending cut deal known as the sequester.

If these cuts kick in, that means 30 to 60 3 to 5-yr-olds in Quincy will not be able to go to Head Start anymore. And some support and classroom staff will lose their jobs.

Quincy Public School's Early Childhood Director Julie Schuckman says this can have a long-term impact on the community.

"It's not just the head start being affected but childcare and every other non-discretionary program," said Schuckman. "So while families could be hit with head start, it can also hit in many other ways. Solving it's the only way to keep our community strong and our schools strong."

Schuckman says these cuts won't affect the students until August when the next school year starts. But she says families affected by the change could see more trouble than just the educational implications. 

"Will they have to change their job? Can they switch hours? Many of those things could happen. Each family will have individual decisions but all of those are likely scenarios," said Schuckman.

Schuckman says that the benefits of early childhood education are long-term. She says without Head Start, these kids won't learn the responsibilities early on in life and could have a harder time not just in kindergarten but throughout their entire school career maybe even reaching into adulthood.

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