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Nebraska City News-Press - Nebraska City, NE
  • Sequestration Cuts Result in Empty Chairs and Empty Bowls for SENCA Head Start

  • This year SENCA Head Start preschools resumed classes on Monday, September 3rd minus ten students and three staff members. This decrease was due to budget cuts as a result of the government sequestration.
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  • This year SENCA Head Start preschools resumed classes on Monday, September 3rd minus ten students and three staff members. This decrease was due to budget cuts as a result of the government sequestration.
    Southeast Nebraska Community Action Partnership (SENCA) realized a decrease in Federal grant funding in the amount of $62,301 directly affecting the Head Start program for the 2013/2014 school year. SENCA Head Start serves low income preschool children and families throughout five locations in southeast Nebraska.    
    Collaboration sites also serve students at Auburn, Falls City Public, and HTRS schools.
    Prior to the budget cuts, SENCA provided 156 children, ages 3 to 5, and their families with services promoting school readiness that include but are not limited to:    Education, Health and Nutrition, Parent Engagement, and Social Services.  
     While the quality of education has not been affected, the number of children receiving school readiness skills has been decreased by over 6% which may affect outcomes of these students upon entering Kindergarten.
    From the fall of 2012 to the spring of 2013, SENCA Head Start preschool students met or exceeded expectations for Social Emotional skills by 22%.  
     Language skills increased 21% and Mathematics increased by 23%. Head Start is making a difference in the lives of children and families!
    With the reduction of students, three Head Start staff also lost their jobs. This impacts family incomes which in turn has a negative impact on local communities and small businesses.
    SENCA Head Start is required to have 20% In-Kind in the form of monetary donations or through donations of goods or volunteer services.    
    If you are interested in making a donation to help meet this need, please contact Crystal Dunekacke, SENCA Head Start Director at the Humboldt Central Office 862- 2411 x 108 or contact a SENCA Head Start location in your community.
    For more information regarding Head Start or other SENCA programs and services, please visit www.senca.org.  
     Keep up with all the current happenings at SENCA and “like” SENCA at www.Facebook/Senca1.
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