Sequester hits close to home

Head Start program to cut $500,000 from budget

Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 5:04pm

5 percent might seem like a small number, but for one local program that percentage totals to $500,000.

A local head start program in Shreveport is joining many across the country with budget cuts caused by sequestration.

The Johnnie L. Cochran Head Start Center headed by the Caddo Community Action Agency is preparing to cut 5 percent from its’ yearly budget.

The cuts are a result of sequester cuts and totals around $500,000 annually.

Officials over the program are taking steps to make sure that the cuts don't affect the program overall and wanted to stress the importance it plays in the community.

“It’s very important that we don’t loose sight at the fact that we need more funding for programs like head start,” said Laurance Guidry, who oversees the program.

In order for teachers and students in the program not to be affected, the Caddo Community Action Agency is cutting down on the days that the program is held to try to save on costs.

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