• Head Start students in jeopardy after government shutdown

    By: Dave Huddleston

    Updated:

    ATLANTA - More than 2,600 children in the metro Atlanta region will not be able to go to Head Start come Monday.

    The federal government shutdown has cut funding for those who rely on federal dollars for the programs.

    Nancy DeJesus has a 4-year-old who goes to Little River Preschool in Woodstock, Cherokee County.

    "It was devastating news. I'm not sure what we're going to do come Monday. I guess you'll stay home with me and I'll teach them the best I can," said DeJesus.

    Donna Adams is the principal at three Cherokee County Head Start programs.

    "There are no alternatives for parents who rely on federal dollars at this point our best option is that this issue is resolved before Monday," Adams told Channel 2's Dave Huddleston.

    "Some of the parents have decided to band together and maybe help one another out while the other parents are working or looking for job," DeJesus said.

    The shutdown only affects federally funded preschool and Head Start programs. Many are funded by the state ahead or private donations.


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