- Associated Press - Friday, June 3, 2016

MINOT, N.D. (AP) - The Head Start program in Minot has been forced to cut staff and reduce the number of students it can enroll this fall.

Director Karen Knowles says budget woes due in part to rising health insurance costs are to blame.

The Head Start and Early Head Start programs are aimed at affordable early childhood education.

The Minot Daily News reports (https://bit.ly/25zpvcg ) the Minot program has laid off a family service worker and the entire staff at the Head Start classroom in Mohall, closing the program there. Other employees have had their hours cut back, and some classroom slots have been eliminated at the programs in Minot.

Knowles says the cuts couldn’t be avoided, but she says it’s still “the hardest decision I’ve ever had to do.”

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Information from: Minot Daily News, https://www.minotdailynews.com

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