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Thousands could be without early childhood education because of shutdown

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Federally-funded programs in Georgia that aim to help low-income children get an early education may have to close down after Friday, which could leave nearly 3,000 children out of classrooms.

An organization called the Ninth District Opportunity, Inc. released specific numbers Thursday, stating that if a budget was not passed soon, 113 Head Start and Early Head Start classrooms that serve 2,153 children would have to close after Friday.

The organization also said that 27 Pre-K classrooms that serve 652 children would also have to close after Friday if a compromise wasn't reached. A few Pre-K programs would be exempt from that, including:

  • Carnesville Pre-K
  • Hall County Pre-K classrooms in Hall County Schools buildings
  • Forsyth County Pre-K classrooms located in Forsyth Elementary Schools
  • Cherokee County Pre-K
  • Monarch Pre-K

Juanita Yancey, executive officer for the Georgia Head Start Association, said that some Head Start programs will operate as usual, while others may have to close, depending on when their federally-funded program grants were supposed to be renewed.

Several of the affected programs were supposed to have their grants renewed on Oct. 1, the day the shutdown began.

Yancey also said that about 500 staff members would also be without pay while those programs are shuttered, should the government shutdown continue.

If your child may be affected and you want to find an alternative place for them to go, you can contact the organization Quality Care for Children by calling 877-All-GA-KIDS.

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