TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) — A Florida agency that provides early education services to nearly 400 children is closing due to the federal government shutdown.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says the Capital Area Community Action Agency is one of four Head Start grantees closing nationwide.
The Florida agency was slated to have its grant renewed Oct. 1 but did not receive funding because of the shutdown. It provided Head Start services to 378 children in Leon, Franklin and Jefferson counties.
Head Start director Laurie Gan Leiner told the Tallahassee Democrat (http://on.tdo.com/1c5VQhZ ) if the agency doesn't re-open soon, staff will need to find other jobs.
Head Start serves more than a million low-income children each year, helping prepare them for elementary school while also providing meals and health care.
Information from: Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat, http://www.tdo.com