Migrant farmworker children……the new victims of the federal sequester
We’re starting to see the effects of the federal sequester here in California. No, it’s not airline travelers whining about delayed flights because the feds furloughed 13,000 air traffic controllers.Their whines were heard and the Federal Aviation Administration, ahem, “found,” some money elsewhere in their budget to bring the controllers back.
Now, as we talk about in our story Friday which you can read here, the sequester is hitting the poorest Californians hard. And Congress is less likely to listen to a constituency who they don’t think votes as often as air travelers. And one that certainly doesn’t write campaign checks.
In a couple of weeks, 40 young children — between 4 months to 5 years-old — will be cut from the Head Start program in four rural California counties. The E Center, a private nonprofit that administers Head Start programs to low-income children in nine counties, had to do something to cope with $900,000 in funding cuts.
English is the second language for most of these kids. So not only will they lose valuable early education time, but their parents will lose their daycare. Center CEO Tom Wagner.
So, said E-Center CEO Tom Wagner “many of the farmworkers will just take them into the fields with them.”
And in case you’re wondering, children are eligible to enroll in Head Start regardless of their immigration status or citizenship.