AUGUSTA COUNTY -- Access to a federally-funded preschool called Head Start could be in jeopardy with sequester budget cuts.
Shenandoah Valley Head Start Director Steve Troxell has worked with Head Start for nearly two decades. The sequester could mean fewer preschoolers get an early start on education.
“Those children and families would have to find preschool opportunities somewhere else. If they can't afford that, then they will not have those opportunities,” said Troxell.
Troxell said the program helped thousands of students in the Valley, including at Ladd Elementary School. About 1,000 Head Start spots could disappear in Virginia if budget cuts happen.
Head Start relies on other organizations that could also face cuts.
“If they lose their personnel, and or service capacities, that's going to impact the children and families that we serve.”
He hopes Head Start will keep teaching students in the Valley.
“We have strong programs here in the Valley in public schools, and we're just doing our part.”
The Head Start program has around 300 students from the Valley this year.
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