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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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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.
Jessica Cardenas, 5, does her homework with her mom's help after school. She was Simpson's first child enrolled in Head Start.
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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.
Maggie Simpson sings a song about animals with her three young daughters. Her two daughters that are old enough have gone to Head Start programs that are being threatened by sequestration cuts.
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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.
Maggie Simpson walks two blocks from her trailer home to Washington Elementary up to five times a day to pick up her children at different times.
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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.