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If the automatic federal budget cuts known as the sequester go into effect on March 1, 70,000 children could be be kicked out of Head Start, the federal preschool program for low-income children and families, Education Secretary Arne Duncan told a Senate committee on Thursday.

“In early childhood education we’re seeing some very tough cuts as well,” Duncan said at a Senate Appropriations Committee hearing on the sequestration portion of the Budget Control Act.