Congressman John Tierney to Billerica Head Start classroom to discuss the Local Consequences Sequestration
June 3, 2013 by Marie Posted in Greater Lowell, Lowell, Education Leave a Comment
Today in the Head Start classroom located at Billerica High School, Congressman John Tierney (MA-6) captures the kids attention as reads to them. (M. Sweeney photo)
The Community Teamwork take on this morning’s visit by Congressman Tierney as noted on the organization’s website.
It was a sad day at CTI’s Billerica Head Start classroom at Billerica High School this morning. As part of the federal sequestration cuts, this classroom has been slated for closure next school year. Congressman John Tierney visited to answer questions from parents and constituents about the impact of sequestration on families across the 6th district and across the country. He was joined by Karen N. Frederick, CTI’s Executive Director and Chris Hunt, CTI’s Early Learning Director who discussed the challenges facing local families as they struggle to access child care and other vital support services for their families.
Federal Sequestration = Local Community Consequences CTI’s Head Start programs provide quality education and care to nearly 700 children. We have been notified of a 5.27% cut to our Early Head Start and Head Start grants. This is approximately $350,000 in lost revenue that we must adjust for from now until Nov. 1st and then annually thereafter. Sequestration is not just a one-time cut to the budget; rather the law outlines 10 years’ worth of cuts. These cuts will eliminate access to care for 85 children and result in the closure of 3 entire classrooms, including the Billerica Head Start classroom.