Dr. Barbara Alford, President of the Wiregrass Foundation, notified the Dothan City School Board that the Foundation will fund the Head Start program for November and December.
After the government shutdown threatened to shut down Head Start the Dothan School Board voted to fund the federal program for one month. Some 45 employees were notified they might lose their jobs in early November forcing the learning program to close.
“The Foundation’s funding assures parents, students and employees that the Head Start program will be up and running through Christmas,” said Dr. Alford.
“Dothan City School’s partnership with the Wiregrass Foundation has been strong and the Board and I appreciate the heartfelt commitment of Dr. Alford and the Wiregrass Foundation Board for continuing the funding for this very important program,” said Superintendent Tim Wilder. “Children’s education was at stake with the possible shutdown of this program and the Wiregrass Foundation, once again, came to our rescue. We cannot emphasize enough how much we appreciate their willingness to help fund this program.”
The funding does not extend to the early Head Start program that was forced closed last week because of the shutdown. It operates separately from the Dothan school system.