Just weeks after President Obama made a national commitment to greater investments in early education in his 2013 State of the Union, Head Start programs faced devastating budget cuts that slammed shut the window of opportunity for 57,265 at-risk children. Program budgets were cut $405,000,000 nationally and more than 18,000 Head Start staff lost their jobs and suffered pay cuts.
In response, NHSA ignited a national advocacy campaign and organized three special events that showed how cuts impacted local communities and a Rally in Washington, D.C. These events were incredibly effective in bringing attention to the dire effects of the sequestration cuts.
The only thing worse than allowing sequestration to happen once would be to let it happen again. In 2015, NHSA will be making sure a permanent fix to sequestration is found.