If funding isn't restored (and there's little optimism that it will), the agency will have to cut enrollment in Head Start and Early Head Start from 536 to 513 children this fall, said Sandy Simar, the Head Start director at Child Care Resource and Referral.
Eighty-seven children are on the waiting list for the fall, and Simar
expects that number could double.
"It's really disturbing because of the benefits are huge for both families and the children attending Head Start before they start school," Simar
That's because Head Start is more than just a preschool program.
Among its services are home visits, immunizations, health screenings, dental screenings and meals for children.
It also offers an array of services for adults such as parenting classes, nutrition classes, housing assistance and help toward earning a GED or getting a driver's license.
is hopeful that some of lost federal funding could be offset by a $40 million early childhood scholarship program passed this spring by the Minnesota Legislature.