By Larry Persily
Wrangell Sentinel writer 

Tlingit & Haida Head Start plans to cut 80 classroom spots

Staff shortages, tight finances and governor’s veto put strain on program


August 17, 2023

The Head Start program operated in 10 Southeast communities by the Central Council of Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska wants to reduce its authorized enrollment by 80 children as the nonprofit adjusts to a tightening budget situation and staffing shortages.

Tlingit & Haida is approved to serve 262 children across Southeast but has asked federal officials for permission to reduce the number to 182, according to Head Start Director Christa Green. Federal funding covers almost 80% of the program’s budget.

The program provides 20 Head Start enrollment slots Petersburg, and the tribal n...

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