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Patrick Anderson, the CEO of the Rural Alaska Community Action Program (RurAL CAP), in February sent out a press release about potential impacts of the Governor’s proposed Fiscal Year 2020 budget.
“While RurAL CAP has not had the time to understand the full effect the proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Governor’s Budget will have on our community, it is evident there will be devastating impacts experienced by low-income and vulnerable Alaskans statewide, particularly rural Alaska Natives.”
The reduction and elimination of essential community services threatens access to education, housing, transportation, jobs, and health and wellness services for those who need it most. These impacts are magnified in our rural and remote communities, according to Anderson.
Head Start, administered statewide by the RurAL CAP Child Development Division, prepares young children to succeed in school by promoting their development through services that support early learning, health, and family well-being. By defunding Head Start, up to one-third of the 684 children RurAL CAP currently serves statewide could be impacted, resulting in 228 low-income children losing access to vital Head Start services. Additionally, the proposed cuts would result in the complete elimination of Parents as Teachers home-based child and family programming to 60 families in three underserved rural communities. Parents as Teachers promotes the optimal early development, learning and health of young children by supporting and engaging their parents and caregivers.
For more information about RurAL CAP go to www.ruralcap.com.
To see KTVA Anchorage’s story on RurAL CAP and the budget impacts, go to www.ktva.com/story/39975169/without-state-grants-head-start-and-rural-cap-programs-could-fade-away
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