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YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio - When the school year starts, about 57,000 children whose parents thought they were going to receive Head Start services will be left out.

According to Head Start  officials, cuts add up to children getting a late start in an increasingly competitive academic world.

In Mahoning County, children and toddlers are exposed to many educational opportunities through Head Start programs.

"They have access to computers, Smart Boards, so they're exposed to many of the things maybe they were not exposed to at home," says Jamal Tito Brown, the Board Chairman for MYCAP, which provides some Head Start classes in Youngstown.

Head Start has had to turn away kids due to the congressional budget cuts imposed by sequestration.

"We reduced our number of children served by 58. Our funding was reduced by 380,000," says Head Start Director Lois Clark.

Although the agency has worked to help minimize the impact, the comprehensive services by Head Start will not be provided to kids cut from the program.

"We provide services such as behavioral assessments and health services," says Head Start Deputy Director Camille Stanford.

Mercer County Head Start Executive Director Wilma Torres tells 21 News that 40 children had to be cut from the program. She is urging Congress to restore funding.

The Chief Operating Officer of MYCAP says unless funding is restored, lives will be effected long term; kids will be deprived of the educational foundation for learning needed in early years provided by Head Start Programs.

"Without it, I think they lag behind. I think they fall further and further between the cracks," says Sheila Triplett, Chief Operating Officer of MYCAP.

 

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