Columbia, SC (WLTX)- More than 57,000 kids nationwide will be cut from Head Start this fall, and 140 of those slots are in South Carolina.
The Head Start progam in the Palmetto State serves ten countines including Lexington, Richland, Fairfield, and Newberry.
Shunna Vance with the GLEAMNS Human Resources Commission that oversees Head Start said the cuts are significant.
"It's very devestating to the program," Vance said. We want to reach as many families and children as possible."
Vance said 5.27 percent will be cut from every South Carolina Head Start grant.
"Unfortunately, that means there are some kids who are the neediest of the neediest that we're not able to serve because of the impact of sequestration," Vance said.
According to the Commission, there have been no layoffs in the Midlands program from sequestration. There's also been no furloughs either.
"You know, it's a domino effect beacuse those children will enter into public schools not having had the early childhood development," Vance said.
South Carolina wasn't the hardest hit state, Texas and California will have to cut more than 9,000 slots combined. Vance says they welcome the opportunity to sit down with political leaders about receiving state funding.