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Published October 01, 2013, 06:09 PM

Shutdown closes Head Start programs nationwide

23 head start programs across 11 states closed Tuesday because of the government shutdown. In total, 20,000 children were locked out of their respective head start buildings.

By: Victor Correa, WDAZ

23 head start programs across 11 states closed Tuesday because of the government shutdown. In total, 20,000 children were locked out of their respective head start buildings.

The affected facilities needed to renew their grants by Tuesday, but none of them were in North Dakota. But just because the doors are staying open doesn't mean that directors aren't worried about the future of their programs. Program directors are essentially in the dark as many regional offices are closed.

Jerry Jonnson with the Grand Forks Head Start Program said they are operating on a day-by-day basis as anything could change. He says while it was 20,000 kids shut out Tuesday, it could be 40,000 that will be shut out tomorrow.

Some programs had enough grant money to last until Friday, but if the shutdown lasts that long then those buildings will also be forced to close their doors.

Ironically in 1982 Ronald Regan declared October as Head Start Awareness Month.

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