Sheldon Head Start Publicizes Impact Sequester Has On Children, Families

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TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - A local child development center is making a statement about the continued impact of federal budget cuts.

49 chairs were placed on the lawn at Sheldon Head Start Wednesday night during back to school night.

The chairs indicate the 49 head start children that will not be served this year because of the sequester.

Officials say it's disappointing that not all families can receive the benefits of the programs.

"We are certainly glad we are still able to support our children and families, but feeling frustrated we are able to serve 49 fewer and we know there are lots of children and families out there that could benefit greatly from our program," said Scott Henson, Director of Sheldon Head Start.

Henson says the National Head Start Association has coordinated a program called "Empty Chairs Program". Across the nation, programs will be setting out chairs to publicize the impact the sequester has had on programs.

Henson says 57,000 children and families nationwide were affected by the sequester, and about 440 of those are in Kansas.