The Braxton County Board of Education is getting $531,000 in federal funding to improve and support their Head Start program, while the highly successful preschool program is no longer available in every WV county due to federal budget cuts.

Head Start is a national development program for low-income children that helps prepare them for school from a young age.

Due to automatic federal spending cuts known as sequestration, the program has been cut nationwide.

The federally funded program helps prepare children for elementary school and also provides them with meals, health care and social services.

"We must do everything possible to give children a positive, healthy start in life. For so many decades, the Head Start Program and its wonderful and dedicated teachers and staff in West Virginia have given so much of themselves to make sure our most disadvantaged girls and boys are prepared to handle the demands of classroom instruction," said Senator Jay Rockefeller.

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