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A new building is in sight for the Sedalia Head Start Program. Governor Jay Nixon announced Thursday that the state will award nearly one million dollars to go to the program. Sedalia Head Start currently enrolls 97 children but the new building will expand service to 115 children meeting income eligibility requirements. Currently 89 of the 97 children enrolled are at 100 percent or below of federal poverty guidelines. Other children qualify by being categorically eligible meaning homeless, or in foster care and having diagnosed disabilities.

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The National Head Start Association says that a donation of $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in six states, including Missouri, from closing during the federal government shutdown.

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National Head Start Association officials say a donation of up to $10 million from two philanthropists will help keep Head Start programs in Missouri and several other states running during the federal government shutdown.

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The future of early childhood education programs like Head Start hangs in the air as recent federal budget cuts, or sequestration, will eliminate resources aimed to provide low-income families a quality foundation for the beginning of a child’s education. The most recent cuts have put Columbia Public Schools in the position of funding two instructional aides.

children in head start classroom
Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

Administrators at local and regional agencies that aid low-income Missourians say they are keeping an eye on the impact of the sequester, or across-the-board federal spending cuts, and they fear the cuts could negatively impact their agencies. 

While many questions about the impact of sequestration rollout remain, Missouri's Community Action Agencies are expecting an all-around 5 percent budget cut due to the federal sequestration.  This could mean serious cutbacks to several services provided by the agency.

Early Childhood programs lack necessary Funding

Feb 25, 2013

Central Missouri Community action hosted Mid-Missouri Legislators in Columbia at the Park Avenue Head Start Facility Monday.

Watch the show and join the conversation on theIntersection website.

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In his State of the State Address, Gov. Jay Nixon outlined his proposal to boost funding for early childhood education by $17 million, saying, “early childhood education is a smart investment, with a big return.”

How much of a return could we be talking about?

Fire damages Worley Street Head Start

Jul 16, 2012
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Columbia Head Start officials are searching today for a new home for 20 students displaced after a fire caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage to the Head Start preschool on Worley Street. The fire broke out Sunday evening around 6.

Assistant Fire Marshal Tim Bach said the cause of the fire was in the electrical disconnect to the air conditioner. When crews arrived on the scene, fire was coming out of the building. Crews found a fire in the basement that extended to the attic through a wall.