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In 2000, the consortium received $1.6 million in federal funding. That fell to $760,000 for the 2007-2008 school year due to federal cutbacks.

Consortium director Kaye Sharbono said the more than 50 percent cut in federal funding has put the program on shaky footing.

“The administration has taken a jab at our program over the past three years,” Sharbono said. “We must now depend partly on donations. This ($4,000) will add hands in the early childhood room we wouldn’t otherwise have.”

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