Govt. Shutdown Impacts Head Start Programs -

Govt. Shutdown Impacts Head Start Programs

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The federal government shutdown is putting your child's access to early education programs in jeopardy.

The National Head Start program reports 19,000 children went without their services Tuesday.

Programs with fiscal years that began Oct. 1 have no funding. That includes a chapter based out of Rock Hill which serves Union County.

Linnie Miller with Carolina Community Actions tells 7 On Your Side that programs in York, Lancaster and Union will end Friday if there is no resolution in Congress. That means no Head Start on Monday and staff will be furloughed.

Kate Wilden from Stephens County was upset over a letter she got from their Head Start program. It was a warning they have no funding and if the shutdown continues the Stephens County program will end Friday.

Head Start allows Wilden and thousands of other parents say head Start is a life line that allows them to work and get their children into a school environment.

"It's such a short notice," said Wilden, "we had no idea that his was even a possibility when we went to bed last night."

Rubye Jones at the head start center in Greenville covers four upstate counties. a total of 17,000 students. She hopes they'll be able keep the doors open. 

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