(February 27, 2013)--Federal spending cuts could affect programs that prepare low-income kids for school.
Central Texas 4C, Inc. is one of the organizations concerned about the budget cuts' effect on its programs.
"I know we have to cut the budget, but you do it in a balanced way and hopefully you use a scalpel instead of a machete," said the agency's executive director Janell Frazier.
"We know from research that early childhood investment education is the investment that pays off."
The agency oversees 16 Head Start locations that serve 700 children each year.
Eighty percent of its funding comes from federal money, and the rest is from local grants.
The agency has been told the funding could be cut by as much as 8.5 percent, which could be the worst cut the program has ever seen.
Having served 20,000 local children in the past 40 years, the program hopes to continue at any cost.
"We're Central Texans, and that means we get things done," Frazier said.
"We're going to survive this."
The agency also has 165 staff members who teach the kids and provide health and social services to the families.