Head Start Hit By Shutdown

(WFLA) The gridlock in Washington will soon start to impact some of the nations youngest citizens.

Head Start programs could close at the end of the week because of the government's shutdown.

"Our grant year starts October 1st, which means as of yesterday we did not get our grant," said Elizabeth Hustead, the Family/Community Partnership Manager at the program in Brooksville, Florida. "The funds weren't drawn down because there's no one in Washington to give us our money."

Hustead said as of Friday, if things don't change in Washington, centers in Brooksville and Spring Hill will have to shut the doors. Dozens of low-income families will have to find alternatives for childcare given that both campuses serve 264 children. The 74 staff members will also be impacted.

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