SCHENECTADY, N.Y. -- Congressman Paul Tonko toured the early Head Start program in Schenectady to raise awareness to funding cuts there.
Tonko toured classrooms and spent time with teachers where he learned more about the program's needs and the effects the sequester has had on it. The program helps many children and families from lower income homes.
So far, two-and-a-half positions have been cut and the Schenectady branch lost 12 students.
"The compounded damage of sequestration, if it's allowed to continue, will only provide layer atop layer of consequence for many of our families and certainly in a broader sense for all of us as a region," Tonko said.
Early Head Start in Schenectady also offers a home-based option, which services pregnant women and parents with children up to age three.