Children missing class because of the government shutdown
Fri, 04 Oct 2013 21:20:23 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH/AP) -- On Friday 864 children in South Carolina were out of class because of the government shutdown.
Wach fox learning the centers in York, Chester, Lancaster and Union counties are closed leaving students, teachers, bus drivers, and cafeteria employees out of work.
Sue Berkowitz with South Carolina Appleseed Legal Justice views the shutdown as another problem for an agency already facing sequestration and budget cuts
"We have to remember these are real lives that are being impacted, the lives of the kids that aren't going to get the services, the lives of the people who work there and then people in the community," said Berkowitz.
A spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday four grantees that operate about 50 sites are shutting down after not receiving their funding.
The agencies include: Talladega Clay Randolph Child Corporation in Alabama; Action for Bridgeport Community Development in Connecticut; Capital Area Community Action Agency in Florida and the Five County Child Development Program in Mississippi.
Twenty-three Head Start agencies nationwide were slated to have their grants renewed on Oct. 1. Many of those are now looking for alternative sources of funding.
Head Start leaders estimate Nearly 19,000 children in the program will be out of the classroom during the shutdown.
Head Start serves more than 1 million low-income children annually, helping prepare them for elementary school while also providing meals and health care.