Head Start leaders worry cash will run out

Head Start leaders worry cash will run out

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Posted on October 3, 2013 at 8:03 AM

Updated Thursday, Oct 3 at 10:08 AM

PORTLAND -- October’s federal government shutdown has local Head Start program leaders worried.

The program provides preschools and parenting support services for poor families.

Twenty three of the 1,600 head start programs around the country expect to close due to lack of funds. While none of those programs are in Oregon, Ron Herndon of Albina Head Start said his program could still lose funding if Congress fails to act.

“There are several programs like ours, where federal funding runs out at the end of this month,” Herndon said. “Unless this is resolved, then starting November 1, we will no longer be able to access federal dollars.”

Head Start is one of the programs that was hardest hit by the sequester cuts in March 2013.

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