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Protestors Speak Out About Possible Head Start Cuts

By Tyler May, tmay@krcrtv.com
Published On: Mar 22 2013 07:27:29 PM CDT
Updated On: Mar 22 2013 08:20:27 PM CDT
OROVILLE, Calif. -

Federal budget cuts could have an impact on early education programs in the Northstate. 

On Friday, dozens of parents and teachers gathered at Congressman Doug LaMalfa's office in Oroville to protest Head Start cuts.

“They start their ABC's. They get to interact with other children from sheltered kids,” said supporter, Charlie Makela.

Makela is one of many who strongly rely on the Head Start program for his kids' education.

“Sometimes parents don't have the time to sit down with their children and do that. The school has a routine every day,” said Makela.

Skarleth Ponce, policy council member at Southside Community Center said,

“They’re cutting our budget and it's not fair, especially for the kids."

Ponce said the Head Start program received notice from their national office earlier this week. The notice said the Head Start program in Butte County could possibly face financial trouble.

“We are all here to try to stop this, we need this.” said Ponce.

The letter encouraged supporters to let local government officials know how they feel about the cuts, but Congressman LaMalfa was not at his office Friday afternoon.

LaMalfa's assistant said to fill out a comment card.

“We really need this. This is education. Why do they have to stop education? Where does all the money go?” said Ponce.

A petition to keep the Head Start program can be found here:

http://www.nhsa.org/2013_strollin_to_stop_sequestration