Randy Pench/ rpench@sacbee.com

Teacher’s assistant Diose Samudio, right, helps Sheralyn Hernandez, 4, during their Head Start class in August at Washington Elementary School in downtown Sacramento. Hundreds of needy Sacramento-area children no longer can attend preschool or get needed services because of federal sequester cuts. Head Start programs across the country have had to shutter classroom, stop transportation and cut food programs to make up for a 5.27 percent cut in funding from the federal government.

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