“It’s quite shocking to not really be given any notice of this and all of a sudden our funds being frozen,” Lakeshore Head Start Executive Director Kristin Wise said.
The nonprofit, which administers the federal programs, found out Thursday, and notifications went out to parents. Head Start will use reserve funds to keep the doors open a couple of extra days, so parents have more time to find alternative care.
“With school being closed, if (parents) are not able to find alternative care for their children on such short notice, they stand the potential of losing their jobs,” said Denise Radakovitz, special needs/mental health manager. “The children at Head Start are already at-risk in so many ways.”
Briana Farrell is a nursing student at Grand Rapids Community College and uses reduced-fee day care for Neelah, who is almost 2 years old, so she can attend classes and work a part-time job.
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