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Head Start Locations on Delmarva Not Impacted Yet by Shutdown

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SMYRNA, Del. (WBOC) - According to the National Head Start Association, 23 head start programs in 11 different states found themselves without their grant money as the shutdown start. That affected about 19,000 children.

None of the locations are on Delmarva. There are 40 head start locations across central and lower Delaware and Maryland's Eastern Shore. For now, it looks like those programs are avoiding the sting of the shutdown.

A company called Telamon runs 12 head start locations in Kent and Sussex Counties. Director Doris Rizek says they, and other head start programs in Delaware, won't see an immediate affect from the shutdown. That is thanks to their funding schedule.

"We already had our funding awarded to us on August 1," she said. "Our grant year starts in August. So, we already had our funding awarded to us for this program year."

The Delaware Department of Education sent WBOC a statement reiterating Delaware's programs weren't seeing an impact, and "Operations continue as normal."

The Maryland Department of Education tells WBOC there hasn't been an impact there either. But a spokesman says as the month continues, if the shutdown continues, things could get murkier.

Escaping, for now, the effects of the shutdown doesn't mean head starts aren't hurting.
Rizek says Telamon in Delaware lost almost $400,000 dollars in funding due to the sequester. The company had been serving about 900 kids and had to reduce that number a bit.

But Rizek says the funding they do have will continue through July though there may be some hiccups.

"It might be a slow process to draw the funding," she said.

Rizek says that's because there have been furloughs at a central federal head start office Philadelphia though the funding system remains operational.

There are also four head start locations on Virginia's Eastern Shore. WBOC reached out to the Virginia Head Start Association for comment but did not get a response.

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