Government Shutdown Closed 4 Head Start Preschools and 11 More Might Close Today

October 4, 2013  |  
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The discussion about the government shutdown has had a lot to do with national parks and all the people who won’t be getting paid for their work. All that is certainly important, but perhaps saddest is the fact that four government-funded Head Start programs serving 3,200 children have already closed. If the shutdown doesn’t end, 11 more Head Start preschools won’t open their doors Monday morning, reportsthe Wall Street Journal.

Head Start gets its funding for the entire year from the government, but some centers receive their money on January 1, others on February 1 and so on. The centers that were supposed to get their funding on October 1 were the ones who were immediately affected by the government shutdown. Those centers were

Talladega Clay Randolph Child Care Corporation, in AL (898 children)
Action for Bridgeport Community Development, in CT (1019 children)
Capital Area Community Action Agency, in FL (378 children)
Five County Child Development Program, in MS (900 children)

Washington needs to wake up. Toddlers who can hardly say the word government shouldn’t be deprived of the education they need to get ready for kindergarten. The fact that as of 2011, 70 percent of Head Start students were black and Latino makes this especially upsetting.

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