SACRAMENTO -- A new study shows that sequester cuts are going to mean less children with low-income parents are going to be able to participate in the Head Start program.
Those cuts mean that 57,000 slots will be eliminated across the country, about 5,600 here in California.
Terri Carpenter with Head Start here in Sacramento says that means we will be being affected locally as well.
"We were a year-round program, 12 months of the year, and now we're going to the traditional Head Start Program, which means we're off for the summer," Carpenter said.
The local program is also cutting 171 slots for kids. 56 staff positions will also be affected through changes in their hours, or possibly even elimination.
The cuts here in Sacramento equate to $2.5 million or roughly 5 percent of the program's budget.
During the next enrollment period, Head Start will only have 6,021 slots available.
Despite these cuts, Carpenter says they still have openings in the program and are encouraging parents to enroll.