Feedback: Sequestration Hits CAPC Hard

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They're mostly empty now, but it will be a different story for classrooms at Community Action Planning Council of Jefferson County this fall.

The rooms for the Head Start program, which is preschool for children of lower income families, will be far from full this September.

That's because wide-ranging government budget cuts known as sequestration are hitting organizations like CAPC hard.

"I don't think all of the impacts have really fully been realized yet. So it's difficult to rally support when we're wrestling with something that we don't truly understand," said CAPC Deputy Director Dawn Cole.

What officials do know is Head Start will have 18 fewer kids next year.

Three positions are cut as well.

"It's going to cut a lot of children out of the program that really need the program in our area," said Mary Davis, who tells us the preschool program was a big help getting her grandson, Kyle, ready for school.

"He's learned so much. So much that I probably wouldn't be able to teach him myself because I wouldn't know," she said.

And it's not just Head Start.

Other helpful programs, like assistance for heating, have seen big cuts too.

"You're going to see more and more emphasis on those programs that are most effective and some that are maybe very much needed in this community but don't warrant quite the results, may fall by the wayside," said Cole.

But there is a silver lining - CAPC was awarded money to start a program to help people find jobs.

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Tuesday, September 30, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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