As more federal budget cuts loom across the nation, local officials say if a deal isn't reached in Washington soon, our local Head Start could face more cuts. "It would have been kinda dramatic because head start was very impactful for me. It gave her a place to be while I was trying to work and pay bills for the family," said Trina Wright. A lot of Shreveport parents say Head Start gave them a chance to better provide for their families and gave their kids a leg up in education.Wright said, "She (her daughter) got further along in her learning with it, so it was a big help for my family."
"It's going to affect our TANF programs like welfare, WIC, Meals on Wheels, Head Start, even our teachers." Shreveport City Council woman Rose Mccolloch said, across the nation 700 thousand mothers and children could lose access to programs leaving a lasting effect on Shreveport. At Head Start they've already lost $550,000 from their budget locally. That means fewer kids will be allowed in the programs next year and they'll have to cut 13 jobs including teachers. Head Start will also end early this school year. Instead of kids going home on May 24th, they'll have to send them home on May 17th.