HIDALGO COUNTY, TEXAS (KVEO NEWSCENTER 23) — The Hidalgo County Head Start Executive Teresa Flores and her staff say they are having to cutback on some services due to the sequestration.
The Head Start program serves children and families in providing and meeting the needs of 3 and 4 year-old children for the poorest families in the county. Children receive health services, mental health, children with disabilities, dental & education services and nutrition.
The program has developed a plan to address the cuts by reducing the budget by over a $1 million and still continue to focus on safeguarding the number of children enrolled (3,690) and preventing cuts to the classroom staff.
The cutbacks did affect the funding of 19 personnel positions, mostly from the central office, requiring those job responsibilities to be redistributed to other employees to continue the quality of service.
In addition to the cuts there were reductions to consumable and non-consumable classroom supplies, maintenance/janitorial supplies, operational expenses, vehicle maintenance, parental involvement and training and technical assistance funds.