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How sequestration cuts are affecting California's Head Start program




On her day off from school, Simpson spends most of the day tutoring four-year-old Jenaveve Cardenas, who just started the Head Start program this year.
On her day off from school, Simpson spends most of the day tutoring four-year-old Jenaveve Cardenas, who just started the Head Start program this year.
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Automatic federal spending cuts known as the sequester are starting to hit programs for the poor. The Obama Administration announced this week that 57,000 children nationwide will lose out on free preschool classes as a result.

California is among the hardest hit, losing over 5,000 slots to Head Start programs.

RELATED: How sequestration Head Start cuts ripple through a community

Joining us to talk about those numbers and the families they will affect is KPCC's Early Childhood Development correspondent Deepa Fernandes.