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Local Head Start programs face varying fates

Published On: Oct 04 2013 08:04:08 PM CDT   Updated On: Oct 04 2013 09:18:28 PM CDT

The government shutdown is hitting the very young and their families.

Some of them have been left without a Head Start program, others are doing okay for now.

Different Head Start offices are being impacted differently.

That’s because they all run on different fiscal year budgets , which determines how much money they have and when they can pull from it.

"It’s difficult especially since she loves school and her teacher. I feel so bad for them," said Rabacca Rice, a parent who has been affected.

Shasta Head Start serves Shasta, Siskiyou, and Trinity counties and includes about 650 children and 250 staff.

Tehama County Head Start said their doors remain open but they don't know for how long. They said It all depends on how fast they can get the money they were promised.

Butte County Head Start said they haven’t been impacted since their fiscal year spans a different time period.

All that said - there is some good news for Shasta Head Start. Late Friday - they got a loan from Cornerstone Community Bank which will allow them to re-open their doors on Monday. The funds should last them about a month. They hope the shutdown ends before then.