“We should have never been caught up in this,” said Executive Director Linda O’Connell. “Our funding came from Fiscal Year 2013 and should carry us through next August,” she said. “Because of the shutdown we were not able to get with people that could help us resolve the issue.” O’Connell said she finally received word yesterday funds would be sent that allows Early Head Start to reopen.
“Our staff is busy today contacting parents to let them know about 68 young students in the program can return beginning Thursday,” O’Connell said.
The other Head Start Program in Dothan continues to operate despite federal funds being shut off. The Dothan School Board is funding it until early November and the Wiregrass Foundation has promised to keep it operational through the end of the year if a resolution to the federal shutdown is not reached.