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Protesters rally against cuts to Head Start program


Protesters rally against cuts to Head Start program

By Molly Waldron. CREATED Mar 22, 2013

Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) -- Many families rely on the Head Start program for their child's early education, but with federal budget cuts threatening the program's future, parents are raising their voices and taking to the streets in protest.

Head Start is instrumental in provicing educational assistance to low-income families. Protesters on Friday said eliminating it would be devastating and what they lacked in numbers they made up for with their voices. 

In front of the school district office on West Flamingo Road, about 20 concerned moms, grandmothers and community activists gathered to protest the potential elimination of Head Start.

The non-partisan group Organization for Action vows to fight the cuts.

Diane Forsman is a single working mother of a 5-year-old who has depended on the program's help.

"In my case, I'm not getting any other assistance except Head Start, so it would mean that I would have to go on food stamps," said Diane.

"We need to protect America's future that is most certainly our children," said Connie Snyder with Organizing for Action. "If we don't set our priorities straight, we will suffer." 

According to organizers, more than 100 young children could be cut from Head Start in Nevada, and hundreds more who were waitlisted may never have the chance to be in the program.

That's concerning to some parents who may not be able to afford preschool.

Protesters said they will continue planning demonstrations in order to stop the proposed cuts. According to Head Start's policy committee, the decision regarding the cuts could come as early as April.