March 1 Sequester Could Impact WIC and Head Start programs

The White House released reports for each state addressing the impact the upcoming sequester will have on them.

In Florida, Head Start/Early Head Start services and the Department of Agriculture’s Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC) are among the many programs and services listed to be affected by the sequestration.

Cuts to the Head Start and Early Head Start services in Florida would leave an estimated 2,700 children without access to early education. Nationwide the cuts will affect 70,000 children and cause many community organizations to lay off over 14,000 teachers, teachers assistants and staff.

About 600,000 women and children in the U.S. will stop receiving nutrition assistance from WIC over the next seven months, resulting in the loss of at least 1,600 state and local jobs.

The sequestration –unless action is taken by Congress– is set to go into effect Friday March 1.