Federal spending cuts due to sequestration are expected to eliminate Head Start services for more than 57,000 children across the country, including thousands of Latino children enrolled in the programs.
About 37 percent of all children in Head Start are Latino. The largest numbers of children predicted to be impacted reside within two states where Hispanic children make up the majority of public school students — California and Texas.
The severity of the cuts became apparent after programs submitted their planned cuts to the government. The cuts also will result in fewer class days and teacher layoffs in some programs.
The National Head Start Association has an interactive online tool that lets users find out information on a state-by-state basis.