Funding Cuts Could Slash Utah Head Start Slots

Funding Cuts Could Slash Utah Head Start Slots

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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- Hundreds of Utah children enrolled in Head Start could soon be forced out of the program because of funding cuts.

Funding for at least 216 of the 56-hundred Utah kids could soon vanish under a federal spending plan, which was unveiled earlier this month.

The National Head Start Association (NHSA) estimates a possible 82 million dollar cut to the federal program for disadvantaged preschoolers.

However, Utah isn't among the state hardest hit. According to N-H-S-A, California stands to lose 38-hundred slots and Texas more than 26-hundred. Nationally, enrollment would be closed to 35-thousand children.

Head Start officials blamed the cuts on attempts to offset cost of hurricane relief efforts.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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