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Government shutdown concerns Head Start in Quincy



Head start officials hope they have enough money to keep your kids learning until Washington is back in businesS. Teachers and staff at Head Start in Quincy say they'll be receiving daily updates on the government shutdown, and hope they can make it financially until Washington re-opens.

Officials say they have money set aside for around a month, but beyond that - they aren't sure how much farther they could make it alone.


With dozens of little eyes watching her, Head Start teacher Kim Triplett put on a brave face Tuesday. She says when she heard about the government shutdown, her first worry was for the kids, and what would happen if they couldn't come to class. 
"A lot of the kids they come in hungry, or they might just need some love and support - and just those daily things we take for granted."

Ginger Hasbrouck sends her granddaughter to Head Start - and calls it a lifesaver, especially thanks to the socialization skills. "You can teach your kids how to count and you can teach your kids how to say your ABC's, but you can't teach them interaction with children."

Director Julie Schuckman says the Quincy Head Start Program would run out of federal funding in about a month. She says, if that happens they would first turn to the school board to see if there would be any way to stay running until the money came through - but if not, shutting their doors could be a reality.

"I hate to think of that possibility, but any time federal funds are involved and we're not getting money in, I think that would be the last resort but I think it would always be on the table as a possibility," she said.

Schuckman says they're trying to be optimistic - but also honest - with the families they serve.

"We don't want to put a scare factor out there, but we do want them to know about this and that it affects their daily lives," she said. 



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