After May 31, pre-school aged children in Deadwood will no longer have the option to attend Youth and Family Services Head Start Program.
The early childhood education and assistance program, which provides free pre-school to kids ages 3 to 5, is being cut in the northern hills town as a result of the 5 percent across the board cuts, known as sequestration.
According to a release from YFS Associate Director David Miller, home-based Head Start services will still be available in Lawrence County, provided by Youth & Family Services, along with child care services provided by First Step Child Care Center. Miller said, "Youth and Family Services regrets the impact these cuts will have on children and communities but will continue to advocate for effective early childhood services that prepare children for school and for life."
The Head Start center in Deadwood currently provides services to 20 children.