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Cost of sequestration hits home in Boston

Head Start program braces for cuts that could leave 250 children and perhaps a center out in the cold

Vanessa Dorion has come to rely on the South Boston Head Start program, where her 4-year-old son, Brody, has thrived since he started coming in September. But there's a word that has unnerved her and most of the other parents who have children in the program — sequestration.

Action For Boston Community Development officials say sequestration would slash by 15 percent the $24 million in federal funds the agency receives for Head Start programs across Boston. That would mean cutting 250 slots for children and potential pay cuts for staff. And it could force the closure of one or more of the 38 Head Start centers serving about 2,500 children in the city.

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