Head Start programs in the Northland have funding for now, even if there’s a shutdown

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There’s been plenty of discussion about the looming shutdown.

Head Start programs do receive federal funding. But there is some good news.

Duluth Schools got their funding in August, so they are all set for the year. But that’s not the same for everyone.

Sherry Williams, the Head Start Director for Duluth Schools, said, “If the shutdown goes into November, 275 staff and over 1100 kids will be impacted in Minnesota.”

She went on to say, “We know nationwide, vulnerable populations bear the brunt of shutdowns. And those populations take longer to recover.”

In northwest Wisconsin, Family Forum runs the program. And their funding goes through December 1st.

Jeanne Myer, Executive Director, said, “All programs in the five counties we serve, rest assured, Phillips, Hurley, Ashland, Bayfield, Brule, and Superior, will be in full operation through October and November.”

“While the government putting pressure on us is not fun, I want everyone to know your children’s safety is always our top priority. And we’ll continue to work through this and talk about this as an organization,” she added.