GREEN BAY - The lack of a federal budget has stopped the cash flow to many federally funded programs.
That includes the early childhood learning program, Head Start.
“Nothing really shocks me any more when I hear that something is coming,” said Sally Jansen, the director of the Head Start program in Green Bay.
Jansen says she was not surprised when the government shutdown cut off funding to 23 Head Start programs nationwide.
However, she was relieved hers wasn't one of them.
“We received notification immediately prior to the shutdown that we were not going to be affected, especially here in Green Bay, given the funding dates that we have,” she said.
Some head start programs nationwide receive their funding on October 1st, the beginning of the fiscal year. That was also the first day of the government shutdown. However the Head Start program in Green Bay received its money starting on July 1st.
So far, no Head Start programs in Wisconsin are affected.
But if the shutdown isn't resolved by November 1st, three programs would lose funding. They include Milwaukee Public Schools Head Start, Southwest Head Start, which includes Richland, Iowa, Grant and Lafayette counties, and the Sheboygan County Head Start.
“If the shutdown continues until November, those grantees would not receive timely funding and that would affect services for up to nearly 1,800 children and their families,” said Dan Stickler, the executive director of the Wisconsin Head Start Association.
“Every day a child isn't at school because those services have been cut, it could impact the child,” said Jansen.
Meanwhile, the 200 students in Green Bay will still have their applesauce, their ABC's, and their playtime.
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