AUGUSTA, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Advocates for the Head Start program are seeking up to $2-million in state funding as the Appropriations Committee wraps up hearings on Maine Gov. Paul LePage's $6-point-3 billion budget proposal.
Head Start, which provides preschool, nutrition and medical services for children ages 3 to 5, took a $2-million cut in last year's budget and would be flat funded at just under $1 million.
Doug Orville from Child and Family Opportunities says cuts already eliminated services for 226 children statewide, and that was before mandated federal budget cuts. He says without more money hundreds more children could lose services.