About the Fill A Seat Project
On March 1, 2013, automatic federal budget cuts, otherwise known as "the sequester," went into effect.
CPCD's largest program, Head Start, bore the brunt of these cuts. The agency had to make hard choices as $550,000 in funds would not be available and had to be cut from our budget year ending October 31, 2013. As a result, five Head Start classrooms closed this year, and 142 Head Start slots have disappeared.
Instead of letting seats sit empty, CPCD has taken action with the Fill A Seat Project. The goal is to raise $135,000 to reinstate 30 of the 142 Head Start slots lost by sequestration. The Project centers around preschool chairs that have been handpainted by Head Start children and are available for $500 each.
News of the Project quickly spread after this article in the New York Times, bringing in donations from all over the country. Our chairs have found new homes in New York and California, and even walked the National Mall in D.C.! In honor of the 70,000 children living in poverty nationwide who will no longer receive a Head Start due to sequestration, CPCD is taking measures into its own hands. But we still have far to go, as we need to sell 270 chairs to reach our goal.
Groups/Businesses: Form a Fill A Seat Team and raise money to purchase a chair. We will personally deliver your chair and Group Advocacy Kit to your place of business. An online version of the Group Kit is below.
Individuals: If you wish to support the Fill A Seat Project but are not able to purchase a chair, you can make an individual donation on our Donate page.
Media: Interested in learning more about the Fill A Seat Project? Download the Press Kit below.
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