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      Head Start loses funding due to furlough

      Toddlers are eager to start learning, but the problem Head Start is facing is tougher than learning the ABC's.

      "I don TMt think that everybody really or truly understands the negative effect the evil effect that sequestration is really having on our area," Director of Human Services Jose Luis Carrizales said.

      In 2012, summer enrollment for the child development program was at 1,300.

      Now in 2013, that number is down to 719.

      That TMs almost 600 less students.

      The Obama administration announced yesterday that the Head Start and Early Head Start would see a 5.27 percent in reduction in its $8 billion budget.

      Cameron and Willacy County is facing a $1 million cut.

      "I mean sequestration came out like a thief in the night and just took us over quickly I mean nobody knew about sequestration and all of a sudden boom it TMs there, and it TMs their in a bad not in a good way," Carrizales said.

      In order to handle sequestration in the best possible way, Carrizales said they TMve had to cut back on days of service to meet that $1 million cut.

      Nationwide more than 57,000 kids are affected by the cuts.

      In order to receive the services, you must meet federal income requirements.

      "Try to have some type of care for their children whether it TMs with relatives or friends or sometimes even under age children on their own, unfortunately," Carrizales said. Across Cameron and Willacy counties Head Start staff cut 70 teacher aides, 23 bus drivers and 15 custodians.

      A total of 48 family service workers and 20 administration staff employees were affected by furloughs.