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Head Start program cutting 200 students in South Dakota

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RAPID CITY, S.D. (AP) - About 200 children will be removed from South Dakota's Head Start programming during the school year as part of a 5 percent budget cut.

Youth & Family Services anticipates closing Deadwood's program altogether by May 31, eliminating 20 students and a staff of four. Another 12 or 13 students enrolled in home-based Early Head Start programming in Rapid City also will have to look for an alternative.

The program had allotted about $20.6 million for South Dakota, but the Office of Head Start called for nationwide cuts in a March 1 memo.

South Dakota Head Start Executive Director Kathy Kruse says that cutting just staff or training wouldn't be enough to stop enrollment cuts.

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