Head Start Program Faces Sequester Cuts
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo.- Mesa County residents came together Friday morning to voice their concerns over spending cuts that they say will have a big impact on Grand Valley kids.
More than 50 people gathered along seventh street in Grand Junction holding signs and making statements about possible effects of the national sequester.
They were there to support the Head Start Program, which helps out low-income families with preschool-aged children.
According to organizers of Friday's event, more than 2,000 children are currently involved in the program throughout Colorado.
Organizers say if 'across-the-board' spending cuts are implemented, officials are looking at one million dollars in cuts, which may cause the organization to drop hundreds of children from the program.
"Some of these children, it's their only opportunity to have that education, and if they lose that, who can afford $30 a day in daycare? That's what it is even if you have a good job. I think what we're hoping for is just to get support, get the word out there, and hopefully get people to re-think taking that money from our schools," said Mark Mayasich, regional operations manager with Head Start.
Organizers say children who are enrolled in Head Start receive mental health, nutrition and social education.