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How The Government Shutdown Can Affect Federally Funded Programs

ABILENE, TX-The partial government shutdown not only left people without work, but blocked lines of communication.
ABILENE, TX-The partial government shutdown not only left people without work, but blocked lines of communication.

That's a concern for an Abilene school district educational program which is supported by federal dollars. The early childhood centers in Abilene (Woodson, Locust, and Reagan) operate under the head start program. The curriculum admits kids as young as three-years old in a development program that prepares them for kindergarten.

The yearly operation costs $5 million and serves more than 400 children. The district has already received enough money to last until Spring 2014 but with the shutdown, lines of communication may be at risk.

According to early childhood director, Cheryl Cunningham, having the head start national offices and regional district close can prevent them from reaching out for additional assistance.

Whether it's financial or technical, they call the regional offices in case of help. It also might prohibit an upcoming on-site review if the shutdown goes on.
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