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Education
8:45 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Missouri Head Start donation won’t reach Columbia programs

Children in a Head Start program
Credit Flickr

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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Education
8:12 am
Tue October 8, 2013

Donors pledge up to $10 million to fund Head Start

A teacher reads to children in a classroom helped by the National Head Start Association.
Credit Photo provided by Missouri Association for Community Action

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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Education
9:05 am
Fri May 10, 2013

Sequestration cuts hit mid-Mo. childhood education programs

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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.

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Business
1:21 pm
Thu March 14, 2013

State community action agencies, Head Start fear sequester impact

Students attend Head Start through the South Central Missouri Community Action Agency
Credit 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.

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Politics
5:55 pm
Mon February 25, 2013

Early Childhood programs lack necessary Funding

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

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Intersection
5:48 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

How investments in early childhood education could impact Missouri

Watch the show and join the conversation on theIntersection website.

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Education
12:02 pm
Mon February 4, 2013

Could investments in early childhood education save Missouri millions?

Neighborhood Centers Inc. Flickr

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?

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Fire
11:27 am
Mon July 16, 2012

Fire damages Worley Street Head Start

The fire caused an estimated $50,000 worth of damage to the building.
Matt Evans KBIA

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.

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