April 27, 2013

Filling in the gaps

Westside Head Start is about to be impacted by reductions in spending from the federal government.

Head Start is a 50-year program educating pre-k students from low-income families. Head Start started in 1965 and began as part of President Lyndon Johnson’s Great Society campaign. Head Start was launched as an eight-week summer program in 1965.

After the current reductions in spending under sequestration, Dalton and Whitfield County will have six locations active instead of seven. This will require 59 children at Westside Head Start to find either alternative forms of education/care or relocate to one of the other six centers in the county.

We regret that these children and their families will be impacted, but this is an opportunity for family, friends and churches to help any of these families that will struggle with transportation to get to an alternate location, or to move into a spot in another organization’s program.

When government is as dysfunctional as the federal government has been, programs get hurt, while better decision-making might have shifted the reductions in spending elsewhere. As bad as this is, our government must not just slow its spending, but make real year-over-year cuts.

We as a society must find ways to respond at the local level and fill in the gaps created as our elected officials make better spending decisions.  


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