Regina Coeli Child Development Center is a
non-profit corporation, which operates Head
Start and Early Head Start programs in
southeast Louisiana.

Our program provides high-quality,
comprehensive early childhood services to
over 1,800 children and employs over 450
people in a five-parish area.

Regina Coeli's mission is to provide the
highest quality of service to children and
families through a community team effort
based on the question:

"Is it good for children?"
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Sequestration Plan for 2013
June 27, 2013

Dear Families, Employees, Volunteers and our Community at Large:

As you may know Head Start is subject to the Federal Sequestration cuts.  Sequestration
is the budget cutting agreement that Congress and the White House made in early 2012
which took effect on December 31, 2012.  Here we are in June, facing these mandated
cuts by the sequestration agreement.  At RCCDC we have had to cut $695,730 In Head
Start & Early Head Start expenses for the 2013-2014 program year.  

We used several criteria to make the decisions about cuts to services including
enrollment patterns, community needs for services, locations with multiple buses and the
potential for children and families to obtain services from other sources.  Finally, we tried
to balance program and administrative support cuts to make sure the impact to children
and their families would be minimized without impacting our ability as an organization to
support high quality programming.  
As a result we have made the following decisions to

  • Reduce days of service from 166 to 160 for all Head Start children and employees.
  • Close four Head Start classrooms of 20 children and eliminate 4 teachers and 4
    teacher assistants in North Tangipahoa (Roseland), Springfield, Franklinton, and
    Bogalusa Head Start
  • Close 2 Early Head Start classrooms of 8 children and eliminate 4 infant/toddler
    teachers in St. Helena (Greensburg), Slidell, Franklinton, and SLU Head Start   
  • Decreases bus fleet from 14 to 11 eliminating a bus at centers with two buses in
    Livingston, Central Tangipahoa (Independence) and Hammond Head Start
  • Eliminate a family advocate and food service employee at Franklinton Head Start
    center.
  • Cutting flexible budget categories by 5% - supplies, field trips, parent activities, as
    well as other administrative, equipment and material savings due to classroom
    closures and reassignment of duties in our central office
  • Place a temporary hiring freeze on administrative positions
  • Reduce employment for four 12-month employees to 10-month
  • All 12-month, exempt employees will take 9 furlough days throughout the year, and
    12-month, hourly employees will take 6 furlough days throughout the year

We are naturally very sad, even angry about these cuts to services to children and
families, our dedicated staff and community partners.  If you would like to learn more
about how sequestration is affecting Head Start programs everywhere, and what you can
do to help, you may find the website of the National Head Start Association helpful at the
national level.  
Thank you for your continued support of our programs, and the children and families of
Southeast Louisiana.

Sincerely,

Dr. Susan Spring
Executive Directo
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RCCDC in the News

8/20 AN17.com: HS faces deep cuts
3/20
WDSU: Northshore "Stroll In"   
3/15 The Daily News: Feeling the pinch
3/1  
 WDSU: Sequestration to impact
UPCOMING EVENTS           
October
10/14 Personnel Committee
  Building Finance Committee
10/16 Policy Council Meeting
  Board of Directors Meeting
10/17 New Staff/Sub Training
10/23 Nutrition Advisory Committee
10/30 Admin Meeting
November
11/11 Grantee Meeting
11/19 Personnel Committee
    Building Finance Committee
11/20 Policy Council Meeting
    Board of Directors Meeting
11/25-11/29 Thanksgiving Holiday
 (All centers & Admin office closed)
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