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Head Start Program is Re-Authorized

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KENNEWICK, Wash.-- On December 12th President Bush re-authorized the federal Head Start program. This allows the program to continue operating for another five years without interruption.

It had been running on continued resolutions since 2003. Head Start provides pre-school for children from birth to 5-years-old.

Head Start officials say, while the reauthorization does help they are still in need of an assurance by the federal government of just how much money they are going to get.

"Many programs have had to cut services." said Jim Skucy, Executive Director of Benton-Franklin Head Start. "The reauthorization, and the appropriation if it comes through will allow us to build and expand services in the Tri-Cities area," he said.

Skucy says the last two years, Head Start has seen 1% cuts each year.

He says that the last couple years, the federal government has decided to put money in other areas. Not as much has been designated to programs like head start.