Regina Coeli Child Development Center is a
non-profit corporation, which operates Head
Start and Early Head Start programs in
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?"
Sequestration Plan for 2013
April 11, 2013
Dear Families, Employees, Volunteers and our Community at Large:
On March 1st, it was announced that Head Start programs would be taking a
5.1% cut to its fiscal budget. For Regina Coeli Child Development Center,
this means absorbing $680,000 for the 2013-2014 Program year which
begins on June 1, 2013.
The Board, Parent Policy Council and Management have been working
diligently over the last several weeks to devise a plan that would continue to
maintain high quality services to children and families with minimal disruption.
We do not have a specific plan in place as of yet, but here is what we know;
Head Start will face a 5% cut, which will impact the remaining federal fiscal
year. Nationally, it is estimated that this cut will affect 70,000 children. For our
local program which serves five parishes on the Northshore, this could
impact close to 100 children and families. Programs have the flexibility in
how they will absorb the cut; however, all cuts must be in place for the 2013-
2014 Program Year. Before the sequestration, we maintained a waitlist of
1,000 children, with cuts in funding this waitlist is expected to grow
To the left of your screen, I have provided a short video regarding some of
the options we are currently reviewing. It is my intention to work with the
management staff and the Board of Directors in considering all options and
make sound business decisions. I will work to ensure that Regina Coeli
continues to provide quality services to children and families and that we
continue to do “What is best for children.” Please send any ideas you may
have using the link below the video.
We promise to keep the community updated as quickly as we can and are
striving to have a specific plan available soon. We value the partnerships that
we have with our donors, employees, families, volunteers and community.
We could not be successful without each and every one of you and we are
confident that we will overcome this hurdle.
Click here to share
plan for RCCDC.
Dr. Susan Spring
|RCCDC in the News
3/20 WDSU: Northshore "Stroll-In"
3/15 The Daily News: Feeling the pinch
3/1 WDSU: Sequestration to Impact
5/22-Last Day for Center Based
5/24-Last Day for Center Staff
5/31-Last Day for Pre-K Teachers
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