Shutdown Could Impact Head Start

MEDFORD, Ore. — Head Start programs in Southern Oregon are still up and running for now, but if a deal in Washington isn’t reached by the end of the month, that could change. The fiscal year for Southern Oregon’s Head Start programs begins November 1st, and unless the grant is renewed by the government, local … Continue reading »

Empty Chairs Symbolize Head Start Cuts

MEDFORD, Ore. — Students and teachers are feeling the effects of financial struggle in Head Start. Local Head Start supporters are making the impact of sequestration cuts on Medford kids more visual. 79 empty chairs sat on display to show the exact number of local children who will be left out and the people being … Continue reading »

Budget Cuts Affect At-Risk Youth

MEDFORD, Ore. — Authorities say the number of juvenile criminals has dropped nearly half in the past decade, but now sequestration cuts to early education could halt that progress. Experts with juvenile services call it a continuum. They say crime prevention starts before they ever become involved, sometimes way before. They say early years are … Continue reading »

Fiscal Cliff Could Cause School Cuts

MEDFORD, Ore. – Local Head Start teachers fear for young children as we move closer to the edge of the fiscal cliff. If the federal government can’t prevent those automatic cuts, twenty one Southern Oregon Head Start facilities would have funding reduced, reducing capacity by 50 kids. More than 300 kids in Jackson and Josephine … Continue reading »