Everett Teachers Association President Kim Auger, pictured above, spoke out against cuts to federal funding for Head Start during a rally on August 21 at City Hall Plaza in Boston.
"This year, because of the sequester, a projected 2,015 children will lose Head Start services," said Auger, noting that there are 29 Head Start programs serving about 16,000 children in Massachusetts.
"Some students won't be able to get to their programs because transportation is being cut back.
In some centers, the school year will start late or end early.
Right now, 193 Head Start jobs are being eliminated, and that doesn't count furloughs and reductions in hours."
pointed out how parents who rely on Head Start may have to quit jobs in order to care for children at home, and how that will have an impact on local economies around the state.
"Many of these programs provide breakfast and lunch for young children as well as health and family services," Auger