Hillsborough not cutting Head Start funding

08/01/07 Mitch E. Perry
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Several supporters of expanding the Head Start Program in Hillsborough County came before the Board of County Commissioners today to ask the Board not to cut their funding.

Major budget cuts are being considered across the board as mandated by the state Legislature.

The federal program promotes school readiness by enhancing social and cognitive development. It is jointly funded by Washington and the County.

James Dawkins says the program will be hurt if it does not get continued funding.

Jamie Ewing gave a list of reasons why the program was worthy and should not have its funds reduced.

Cynthia Feliciano grew emotional while describing the virtues of the program.

But County Commissioners reassured Feliciano and others that they were not cutting the program.

Commissioner Kevin White emphasized that the program was not being cut – it just couldn’t be expanded to fill the growing needs of Hillsborough County.

Commission Chair Jim Norman directed County Administrator Pat Bean to meet with Hillsborugh Head Start leadership to remind them that the county has been consistent with its funding of the program.

WMNF attempted to speak with Hilllsborugh Head start Director Louis Finney but he was not available for comment.

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