Head Start parents told funding has run out

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CHEROKEE COUNTY, Ga. —

The current partial federal government shutdown could force local parents to scramble to find childcare.

A letter went out to parents of children in Cherokee County’s Head Start pre-K program on Wednesday. It says there’s only enough federal funding to keep the program at three preschools open through Friday if the shutdown continues.

Three hundred students in the Head Start program at Oak Grove in Acworth, Little River in Woodstock and the Ralph Bunche Center in Canton will be affected.

Teachers and support staff at those schools are paid with federal dollars.

“I don’t think it’s good. It will cost them (parents) more money. They will have to put them in a daycare program I would think, or stay home from work to take care of them,” parent Colleen Manuel said.